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Blue Jackets Suffer a 5-1 Loss

“WE’VE GOT TO GET THAT MENTALITY THAT WE’RE PLAYING HARD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. I’D LIKE TO HAVE A SITUATION WHERE WE LOSE A GAME PLAYING OUR BUTTS OFF.”

-Coach Scott Arniel

For many Blue Jacket’s fans (myself included), Saturday night’s game against the Avalanche was the first game of the season that we could watch at home. Dish Network, and Fox finally worked out a deal,  restoring Fox Sports Ohio to my line-up (I am still dropping my service), and boy was I excited to see the Jackets hit the ice. I was looking forward to seeing the team play, hoping they would bring their winning streak to the road. However, what I saw was no where near what I expected.

It almost felt like I was watching an amateur team. I know that the Jackets are a very young hockey team, but I expected better than this. Opportunity after opportunity, play after play, the Jackets fell short .As Jackets fans, we have seen this time and time again. Down by two, and the team gives up. I am not sure what it is, but it seams like every time the team isn’t winning, they just roll over. The team seems to be beaten mentally.

There is still some transitioning going on with the new coaching staff and all, but let’s hope that Arniel’s locker room rants do the trick. The first step will be convincing our stubborn, $7.8 million captain Rick Nash, something that I don’t think has happened yet. It leaves me wondering why Nash is still sporting the captain’s “C” and not players like R.J. Umberger.

On the plus side of the night, Mathieu Garon. He never fails to impress me. I am a huge Mason fan (my long lost twin), but if Garon keeps bringing it as he Saturday night, Mason had better watch out. Garon’s saves were amazing, sure he let one past, but there really wasn’t much more he could have done to prevent it.

The Blue Jackets return to Columbus on Tuesday to take on the Canadians, will festering on Saturday night’s loss be enough to push the Jackets to a victory?

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