2nd Period Update — CBJ 2 Pittsburgh 0
By: Jeff Little • March 13th, 2009
A tough, tight, checking period for most of the time. The Jackets did a great job of keeping composure and pressure on. Umberger stepped to the front this period, with everyone chipping in. Although Mase was not busy, he made some key stops on the ocassional miscue. Even though we are not scoring a lot of hits, we are being physical and are clearly disrupting Pittsburgh’s offense.
How perfect is it that our second goal comes from a great forecheck by Vermette, who centers to Williams, who roofs a nifty backhand over Fleury’s shoulder? Both nifty pickups by Howson!
14 shots to 9 for the CBJ in the second. Give credit to Fleury for a few outrageous saves during that frame, keeping his club in the game.
Jackets are looking very solid. Much more of a defensive struggle than I expected! CBJ need a PP goal in the 3rd.
A native of the SF Bay Area, my first exposure to hockey was the SF/Oakland/California Golden Seals, including Charlie Finley and the white skates. Fast forward to the late 1980's when Gretzky and the Kings came up to the Bay Area for an exhibition game at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, for which we had glass seats. I was at the first San Jose Sharks game in the Cow Palace, and followed them for their first few pathetic years, before moving to Columbus in 1994. I attended the first pro-NHL rally downtown, and have been a season ticket holder since Day 1, wife & I are active in the Jacket Backers, and son is an avid fan as well. I cover the Jackets for Inside Hockey, and contribute regularly to a variety of hockey sites. I maintain contact with the Jackets organization, and like to dig into stories, bringing a fresh, and sometimes irreverent perspective to hockey.
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