Road game in Coloroado. I didnt see the game since it was a late one for this old man, but it was an Avalanche as the Blue Jackets lost 5-1.
From the Dispatch:
This was one of those barometer games for the Blue Jackets, the kind they have to start winning before the rest of the NHL will take them seriously.
That’ll have to wait.
The Blue Jackets ran into a familiar buzz saw last night, losing 5-1 to the Colorado Avalanche in front of 16,153 in the Pepsi Center. Two of the Avs’ biggest stars — captain Joe Sakic (three goals) and Milan Hejduk (two goals, two assists) — had a field day against the Jackets, who are 2-22-1-0 all time against Colorado.
The Avs scored two power-play goals early in the third period, including Sakic’s second, to make it 4-1 and pretty much settle matters. Sakic touched off a rainstorm of hats when he scored with 10:38 to go, the 15th hat trick of his career.
It was a deflating night for the Blue Jackets (2-2-0).
The power play (0 of 5) lacked spacing and looked unsettled. The penalty kill (3 of 5) looked impatient.
“The sense of urgency they had on special teams was the difference to me,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “They got to most of the loose pucks. They created momentum for themselves.”
The Jackets failed to get the puck deep and made too many neutral zone turnovers, mostly because of sloppy play. And where was the hard checking the Blue Jackets have promised?
“We had some people who did compete,” Hitchcock said. “But we also had some people who were far below where we needed them to be.”
The Avs had a ready-made excuse for being sluggish. They played Friday night in St. Louis while the Blue Jackets relaxed in their hotel rooms. Instead, it was the Blue Jackets who looked a stride or two slow, especially early.
The Avs went up 1-0 at 6:07 of the first period when Sakic bunted home a shot by teammate Andrew Brunette. The goal ended a shutout streak of 156 minutes, 29 seconds dating to last season by goaltender Pascal Leclaire, a franchise record.
The Jackets made it 1-1 at 1:24 of the second on Klesla’s first goal of the season, a wrist shot from the blue line. But it wasn’t long before another perfect streak for the Blue Jackets ended.
At 3:56 of the second period, Hejduk scored off his rebound, the first power-play goal allowed after 19 straight penalty kills to start the season for the Blue Jackets.
Hejduk scored 5½ minutes later to make it 3-1. Sakic’s two third-period goals capped the scoring.
The game got chippy in the final minute.
Duvie Westcott roughed up Colorado’s Wyatt Smith, then headed to the showers after breaking his stick over the goal.
With 50.4 seconds left, Avs enforcer Scott Parker tried to come out of the penalty box to get to Tollefsen. They both ended up with misconducts.