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Jackets Hammered by Ottawa

The Columbus Blue jackets have lost a franchise record four straight games to open the season, It has not been a fun start to the season.

The first period started off great.  Brandon Saad and Boone Jenner both scored a goal.  Saads PP goal was his third of the year, all on the power play.  In fact, per Elias, Brandon Saad is the first in CBJ history to score each of his first three goals in his debut season with the team, on the power play.  The period ended 2-1 in favor of the CBJ.

The second period is when the wheels fell off.  Brandon Dubinsky scored on a 2 on 1 breakaway to make it 3-2 CBJ, but that would be all they could muster.  Ottawa scored the next two goals of the period.  4-3 Sens at the end of two periods.

The third period was all Senators.  Even though the CBJ tied the Sens on the shot clock at 12, they couldn’t score a goal.  The Sens scored three goals in the third to finish out a dominating third period.  Head Coach Todd Richards said after the game “that pulling Bobrovsky for Curtis McElhinney” never crossed his mind, after the second period.

So what now?  Is anyone to blame?  What could possibly be the reason for such a slow start?  After all the build-up in the off season and preseason, why such lack luster games?

So many questions need to be answered, and quick.  The offense has been decent.  The defense has been not so decent.  Giving up 20 goals in 4 games in unacceptable.  Something needs to be done.  Todd Richards says that his team is giving up too many easy opportunities.  Forcing pucks causing too many turnovers.  Making “unwise decisions”.

Coach Richards admits that his team is awesome during the first period of games, but then the team comes out an entirely different team in the second period.  Why is that?  Why cant they stick with the program?

Richards said that he and his coaches are going to sit down Thursday and watch film, try to find out why this happening and fix it.  He admits that “finding solutions” is going to be the hardest thing.

So now it’s Toronto’s turn to come into Nationwide Arena on Friday.  After a day of hard practice, closed door meetings, John Davidson being seen in the locker room after the game and reflection, what will happen on Friday night?  No better way to cure your ills than to play the Maple Leafs, right?

Best believe the Leafs will come into NWA ready to go, so the boys in blue better be ready too.

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