Opening weekend is behind us. Not a bad start, espcially in Friday’s 4-0 win over the Ducks
Opening Night against the Ducks
We saw a different team than we’re used to seeing. We saw a team totally dismantle another team, and this time it wasnt the Jackets getting dismantled
The checking and back check was great. As soon as the Jackets lost the puck, the back check was on, and forced more than one turnover. The forecheck was solid, too. At times in the game, Anaheim tried to take control but couldn’t. And the frustration mounted.
Rich Nash! Great night. He had a career evening figuring into every goal scored. He ended his night with 2g, 2a and a career high 4 points.
Sergei Fedorov scored his first of the season and Ron Hainsey capped the evening with a 3rd period goal of his own. Each player also had an assist.
Rookie Kris Russell notched his first career assist. Nikolai Zherdev, Fredrik Modin and David Vyborny rounded out the scoring each collecting an assist of their own.
Leclaire’s was solid in goal. Didn’t see a huge amount of shots, but he did the job when asked. He looked strong and healthy. The D in front of him played strong defense and when there was a breakdown Leclaire was there to shut the door.
Home on Friday, on the road to Minny to play the wild on Saturday. I felt that would be the test.
Jackets at Minnesota Saturday Night.
The Blue Jackets carried a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period in Minnesota last night only to fall to the Wild 3-2.
The Jackets got on the board first in the first period off a pass from Nikolai Zherdev to Ron Hainsey, who unleashed a wicked one timer. Jason Chimera also notched an assist. The Wild countered off a Jackets turnover and a subsequent Pierre-Marc Bouchard breakaway that beat Fredrik Norrena.
The 2nd period saw the only goal come from a captain Adam Foote short handed goal Nikolai Zherdev collected his 2nd assist of the evening while Jiri Novotny collected his first point ever as a Blue Jacket.
In the 3rd, the Wild again capitalized off another Jacket turnover that saw Eric Belanger split the Columbus defense and beat Fredrik Norrena 5 hole. Less than 5 minutes later Brent Burns scored the game winner off a one timer from the point.
Fredrik Norrena stopped 28 of 31 shots.
Nikolai Zherdev continues his strong early performance. He’s doing everything right and most importantly he seems to have found some trust in his teammates as he’s using them much more often and getting away from his individual game.
Ron Hainsey has two goals in two games. Through the first two games he’s done an excellent job of reading the play
Sergei Fedorov. This guy has also been playing fantastic hockey. We’ve seen flashes of the Sergei of old in the first two games.
Foote is another guy who is playing well. He logged 21.42 in ice time and for missing the entire preseason has looked just fine out there. H
Freddy Norrena played pretty good even though he didn’t get the win. He stopped 28 of 31 shots and the goals that did beat him were two breakaways and a wicked one timer.
Overall a pretty strong road game. We blew a lead in the 3rd. We had some breakdowns but this team kept battling and played strong systematic hockey. Last year at this time we went to Minnesota for our 4th game of the year and got absolutely blown out of their barn 5-0.