The Columbus Blue Jackets are on a roll over the last week and are looking to get into a tie for first with a victory over the last place Dallas Stars. The Stars shouldn’t be overlooked however as they’ve been involved in several close games.
So here’s the head to head:
Columbus: 6-3-0, 2nd place and 2 points behind division leader Vancouver. Goal differential +2
Dallas: 1-7-2, 6th place and 10 points back in the same division. Goal differential -22
I again have two teammates I’ve never played with before so I’m hoping I’ll finally get TWO players I’m compatible with. In my other two games I felt that was not the case. We have a rookie this time who has yet to play a game in the team league so we’ll hope for the best.
Lineup for the Jackets:
Irish Devient: Left Wing
This game went much better as I felt I had two teammates who knew exactly what they were doing. Since we had a defenseman, I thought our communication was better. If Burnzie went deep with the puck, we’d make sure we knew that a forward would help out in case the Stars broke out toward our zone.
We got a first period goal on a great cycle that resulted in a tip in off my guy Fedorov.
Then the penalties came. I mean a LOT of them. Stupid calls mostly but we were short for 20 minutes of this game. So as you can guess, we didn’t have a lot of chances.
Dallas got an even strength goal early in the 2nd and we had to step up once again. After we got our FIRST powerplay of the game, we capitalized when the CPU winger fed Irish who was controlling Jason Chimera for a nice wrister blocker side. 2-1 Jackets.
But it was the penalties we took that ultimately cost us in the third. A floater past Leclaire forced a tie and it was 2-2. The third period was back and forth with both teams taking few chances. After a late penalty by the Jackets we survived and went to OT.
In Overtime we managed a couple quality chances but that was null when we took a tripping penalty thanks to a stupid turnover by yours truly.
We again survived and went to a shootout where Irish Deviant was our man for all three shooters. He made a completely different move with Nash, Chimera, and Zherdev to score on EVERY shot.
Columbus wins 3-2 in a shootout.
JK’s Game stats:
3 Games played, 3 goals, 1 assist. Record: 1-2-0.
The Jackets as a team improve to 7-3-0 in a tie for first place in the division.