Blue Jackets

Jackets stand toe to toe with champs



That was a physical hockey game. Again, let me throw out the disclaimer- I have been watching hockey for about two weeks. This was without question the toughest game I’ve seen the Jackets involved in. The Ducks are the defending champs and I guess I saw why. They can skate and throw down. They were relentless. The good news is that Columbus stood toe to toe and earned a point with a shootout loss. Fedorov missed an open net with his chance in the shootout, but was praised by announcers for a good game. Nash had a chance for a rebound shot late in the third, but was wide as well.

Fredrik Norrena started in the net for Leclair. Is it typical for a goalie to sit out in back to back games? Seemed like he was on a good streak. In the shootout Ryan Getzlaf’s shot was stopped by Norrena, but he didn’t seem to know that it was under his pad. He thought it had gone in, and was pleasantly surprised. His teammates laughed of course.

The Jackets have 16 points on the season and are currently sitting in the fourth position in the conference. They are off until Sunday when they host the Blues. This will be a tough week for Columbus, hosting St. Louis before going on the road to face Chicago on Wednesday, Detroit on Friday, and Nashville Saturday night.