A more Hitch-like period, and we started to get some momentum and possession time toward the end of the period, until the penalty. Good kill going, but great save by Mason on Weiss. Much improved in the faceoff circle, and tighter defense. We are slow on the battles to loose pucks, and are weak on [...]March 22nd, 2009 | Jeff Little | 1 comment | Continued
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Though the Jackets dominate the play for much of the first stanza, they trail on the scoreboard 1 – 0. We had the first 9 shots of the period, but only lead in shots 10 – 9. Ahead in hits, 12 – 9. No penalties or giveaways, but trailing in the faceoff circle 11 – [...]March 21st, 2009 | Jeff Little | 0 comments | Continued
When Chicago’s first shot on net hit the bar, bounced up, landed on Mason’s back and into the goal, you had the sense that this might be a rather bizarre game. Consider the following: The CBJ’s first goal comes on a redirection by Umberger, with his back to the net, after Voracek cuts off Huet’s [...]March 19th, 2009 | Jeff Little | 2 comments | Continued
The two best goalies in the NHL faced off in Nationwide Arena tonight, and this was right in the league of Palmer vs. Nicklaus and Borg vs. McEnroe. For every stop Thomas made, Mason did one better. Two + periods of standoff until one tiny little crack in the upper far corner of the Boston [...]March 11th, 2009 | Jeff Little | 1 comment | Continued
On December 23rd, after the LA debacle, Hitch promised a different team and a different effort against Philadelphia. The man sure knows how to keep his word . . . .Tonight was a tremendous effort under signifcant pressure after two lackluster performances. The CBJ came out strong, kept the pressure on in all three zones, [...]December 28th, 2008 | Jeff Little | 0 comments | Continued
The Jackets put on a game effort tonight, but were just too wounded to bring it home. As Mason has done for us in several games, Bryzgalov won the game for Phoenix tonight. We out shot, out passed, out played Phoenix everywhere except on the scoreboard. Killed them in the faceoff circle, pretty much a [...]December 21st, 2008 | Jeff Little | 1 comment | Continued