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Jackets raked by Leafs, 4-2

October 20, 2006

Columbus fans (forget the players for a moment, will you) get screwed by the schedule, only able to view one game in the past ten days.  When we finally get a chance to see some hockey involving our Blue Jackets, the team forgets to show up.  I turned the game off with about six minutes remaining, but here are my thoughts:

  • Gilbert Brule got some time with the scoring lines tonight, and showed good hustle throughout.  He didn’t create any scoring, so who knows if Gerard Gallant will leave him up there, or relegate him to fourth line duty with Shelley and Balastik.
  • Faceoffs.. eww.  22 of 63 for a cool, clean 35%.  Only 23% in the offensive zone, and 33% in the defensive zone.  We couldn’t keep the puck when we had an opportunity to score, and couldn’t clear the puck and give Leclaire a breather.
  • Though the shots against were down (27), the Leafs saw some quality chances in the second period and made good on them.
  • Apparently Bryan McCabe reads EOB, as he responded to the dogging from earlier by registering a goal and an assist.  Mats Sundin (also mentioned in the pregame notes) also had an assist.
  • The ineptitude of the squad on the power play might have us all wishing we could watch the first three games over and over on TiVo.  No shots on a 5-on-3 early, and having trouble keeping the puck in the zone most of the game, Gary Agnew has his work cut out for him.
  • Again I say, welcome back Columbus Blue Jackets of old.  Once I see a complete 60-minute effort a few games in a row, I’ll start believing this team can make the playoffs.  As for now, not a chance.

Here’s a shot of Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft holding Rick Nash off the scoresheet

Rick Nash can’t bring it home

Post game recaps

Overall, pretty pathetic.  I’m looking forward to seeing the boys in action tomorrow against Crosby, Malkin and the crew.  Here’s to tomorrow.  *clink*

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