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Dose of Reality #23

January 8, 2007

Dose of Reality

One step forward, one step backward. I can’t write anything that could properly describe the victory Friday night over Anaheim, but I will say that it was important to the franchise for both now and the future. I guess I can repeat the old “If you work hard and don’t quit, you will win” mantra. I can also predict that Randy Carlisle, the coach of the Ducks, is also saying “I told you not to take them lightly” or something like that. The players might not hear him because they are too busy with their hard morning skates.

Even though the team was caught in a firestorm last night, it wasn’t that bad. First off, San Jose had their own defining moment in their previous game when they stormed back from a 3-0 deficit against Detroit and won, 9-4! I’m not saying that their Come to Jesus moment was better than the Jackets’ because Anaheim is just as good if not better than the old Red Wings at this time. And San Jose did get their win at home. But if the game had taken place in Columbus, it might have been more competitive.

San Jose came out smoking last night and hit anything with a CBJ on it. I have been to games there before and it is a loud place, more so than Nationwide. It is a smaller arena with a lower roof, so the noise level can get very high. They also got to rest the night before in their own homes, which gives them another edge. So 5-2, all power play goals, is not that bad. But Columbus needs to take more than three shots in the third period.

Regarding the Anaheim game; I went to bed after two periods and watched it the next morning. I went right to the ten-minute mark of the third period and watched from that point. I kept waiting for Jeff Rimer to get excited, but it took the tying goal for him to start showing some emotion. I noticed that Danny Gare did a lot of talking for the second goal and afterwards and I figure that Jeff was on the phone making dinner reservations and was unavailable. As Blue Jacket fans, we have been through the very-late-home-game collapse and understand what the Anaheim fans went through, so it was nice to hear Danny yell “yeah baby!” when the game was tied and we could watch Duck fans rub their eyes in disbelief.

So now we have to wait around for the St. Louis game (a sure win, right! right?) on Tuesday, wait for the medical reports on Fedorov and Nash, and get through the BCS game on Monday. It will interesting to see how many people get over their OSU hangovers and get out to Nationwide on Tuesday. The Jackets look like they are going to be a steady .500 team for the rest of the year. They should have been at that level from the beginning and preparing for a run up the standings by this time, but that is not the case. Ken Hitchcock will be around next season and if management does not make any dubious personnel moves, we will be enjoying next season like we should have and deserve.

– Truth Serum

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3 comments

  1. […] of the Bench Views on the Blue Jackets, hockey, and sports in general « Dose of Reality #23 What does competitive composure mean to you? January 10th, 2007 I’ve been fighting […]


  2. How I would define it: You play to the best of your skills and energy within the boundaries set forth by the coach. You remained composed and not retaliate against any real or perceived slight that an opponent gives, you do not argue with the officials, you get off the ice when the coach calls you or when you are tired and cannot perform at 100%.

    You execute the game plan and don’t freelance. Winning the shift is more important than scoring a goal.

    You keep moving your feet, not standing still or losing position to your opponent.

    You take the right kind of shot that is warranted by the situation, not wind up for the boomer when a quick shot to the blocker side is the one that will do the most good. When firing through traffic, you make sure the shot is low so that a rebound can be gained.

    You make a pass to the head-man, the skater in front of or ahead of you. You take time making the pass so that it is on the tape, to the proper side of the stick, and at the right velocity.

    You go get the puck knowing that a check is coming, but you get the puck first and position yourself afterwards.

    You raise your panic point so that you can make the right decision with the puck and not simply put it away when challenged.

    I got another 500 words which I can give you later.


  3. Q: How do you know you’ve picked the correct co-writer for your blog?

    A: When the writer in question enjoys answering rhetorical questions as much as you do.

    I particularly like the necessity of raising the panic point. That was (and sometimes still is) a major issue for the Blue Jackets in the defensive zone.



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