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Beaten by milkbaggers; Leclaire still proves he isn't down and out.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
It sure does. What's up with those Canucks, anyway? Milk in bags? How crazy is that!?

What a horribly painful way to lose. Sixth shutout this season (more than all of last season), third 1-0 shutout (the other two coming against the Blackhawks and the Devils), and the second 1-0 loss that Pazzy was in net for.

I wouldn't blame him if he decides to go a little crazy-go-nuts with his goalie stick in the locker room. Anyone who watched tonight's game saw just how insane several of the saves he made were, all because of numerous odd man rushes against the Blue Jackets.

Come to think of it, wasn't Hitch's coaching and game plan supposed to remedy those sorts of problems? Why yes, I believe they are supposed to do just that.

But, no. Hitch isn't to blame for tonight's loss. After what amounted to about four failed power play opportunities in a row in the first period, including a 30 second 5-on-3, the Blue Jackets just went completely and totally flat from the midway mark of the first period up until around the final ten minutes of the third period. Like the game just didn't matter. After that, they seemed to forget all about whatever Hitchcock had taught them leading up to this game, going willy-nilly every which way and not working as a team.

Naslund continues to be a Blue Jacket killer, unfortunately. I believe Rimer was talking about how he has the most goals out of anyone in the league against the CBJ, something around 15 to 17 goals in all. The one he got was a result of some pretty soft defensive play, and a chip shot over Leclaire's outstretched leg to give the 'Nucks the one and only goal they needed to beat the hapless Jackets.

Poor Leclaire; it's probably been said numerous times by everyone else out there in the blogosphere and on FSN Ohio, but I'll say it as well: he did not deserve this fate. He outworked Luongo, outplayed Luongo, made better saves than Luongo, and was simply better than Luongo.

But all that matters is whether or not you get the win. So enjoy your victory, Vancouver.

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  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger Temujin said…

    He outworked Luongo, outplayed Luongo, made better saves than Luongo, and was simply better than Luongo.

    Very true. Luongo made some nice saves, but he didn't have to be great tonight. Leclaire stood on his head several times and kept his team in it.

    In your pregame post, you wrote Don't expect any power plays to help when facing the 'Nucks either..., and you were bang-on. That five-on-three kill was due to stellar defensive play. The Jackets just weren't given anything at all.

    Isn't it long past time to say goodbye to Steve Nash? The Jackets could maybe get a couple of young high-energy guys in return for him!

  • At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Nancy said…

    Well, perhaps we could trade him to the Chicago Bulls ...

  • At 12:53 AM, Blogger Temujin said…

    Heh! Make that Rick, of course :-)

  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger Michael Turner said…

    Well, they could always swing a deal for Steve Nash by giving the Suns Rick Nash, right? At this rate, it might help! Rick is even an inch taller than Steve, so the Suns would be winning out on the deal.

  • At 8:59 PM, Blogger Sherry said…

    You guys don't have milk in bags? Dude, it's so much more practical!

    I mean uh...tough game.

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