Blue Jackets Fall Short in Close 6-5 Loss
The boys in Blue are just not able to get a bounce their way. After dropping an away game on Thursday night to the Blackhawks 3-0, the Blue Jackets came from behind 3-1 and went up 4-3 going into the third. The Hawks scored two unanswered goals in the final period to seal the final score at 6-5. The hometown crowd came out Saturday night with a big attendance, 18,738 a good 3,000 over the average attendance of 15,252 of the year Scoring for the Blue Jackets were Kristian Huselius, Kris Russell, Rick Nash (2), and Raffi Torres.
Their were a few highlights of the game for the Blue Jackets one of which was Kristian Huselius who ended the night with 1 goal and 2 assists. He scored the Blue Jackets first goal at the 11:44 mark in the first perido and also assisted on their game tying and go ahead goals scored by Kris Russell and Rick Nash respectively.
Nash also had a good night scoring goals 20 and 21 on the season. His second goal of the evening scored at 7:12 of the second period, the goal that made the score 4-3 was a nice shot taken right at the end of a pentaly for the Hawks, where Nash walked in all alone down the right wing and snuck a fast shot past Chicago’s Huet. Frustration got the best of Huet, who turned around and two handed his post after the goal, clearly frustrated and disappointed in his play.
Star Patrick Kane was being fancy and trying to get deep in the corner when Hedja stepped up and laid him out pretty good below the goal line, check it out here at Jackets TV ( http://bluejackets.nhl.tv/ team/console.jsp?hlg=20092010, 2,707&event=CBJ333).
Steve Mason had an iffy night, allowing 6 goals on 31 shots. Although two of them were on powerplay, he really needs to be there for his team on the backend, when Mason struggles it is pretty apparent the Blue Jackets struggle too. To give Mason some credit however, he did have a beautful save during the second on on Byfuglien which can been seen here on Jackets TV ( http://bluejackets.nhl.tv/ team/console.jsp? hlg=20092010, 2,707&event=CBJ240).
Mason’s counterpart Saturday night, Huet didn’t fare much better in the statstics category, allowing five goals on 26 shots. It just was not a night for goalies in Columbus on Saturday.
In the new year so far the Blue Jackets have played 8 games and are 3-5. Going into a tough week with four games, three of which are away, they better be ready to play when they suit up against the Blues. The last time they faced them was January 12, in a 4-1 loss.