Well, I sort of through out the challenge of the litmus test representing the Blue Jackets prowess for the remainder of the year, now it’s time to review the results. WE WON. That pretty much says it. I must reiterate that the litmus test is a go-no go, black and white test. There are no degrees of success or failure.
When the game finally finished, and the Columbus Blue Jackets had not only won, but were now on a 3 game winning streak, I had very mixed feelings as to the validly of the test. As anyone who saw the game knows, the last half of the game was pretty much a “hang on, we are in trouble” feeling. The Coyotes were not only taking shots, the shots were getting through to Mason, so they were actually SOG. At one point it was 11 SOG on a row before J Johnson got off a shot. I certainly got the feeling that very soon one of the many shots would get through. But they didn’t. Huge credit to Steve Mason.
I do have to give credit to the remainder of the team. After a shot, rebounds were pretty much swept away, so the 2nd chance type shots were minimized. And of course as the barrage was underway, Nikita Nikitin went down. Maybe Derek MacKenzie’s hockey gods were with Columbus last nite, because we had dressed 7 defense men. Aaron Johnson, disguised as a forward was playing. So he was moved to defense and even though the barrage continues, the defensive core was at full strength. [Some dispersions have been made of Aaron Johnson, but he does have over 250 NHL games under his belt]
[a] I liked the fact that 3 lines scored goals. [JJ happened to be with the 2nd line when he scored, but the Letestu line look pretty good all nite and Mark Letestu himself looked awsome.
[b] I liked the fact that there was a team out there playing. [Did you see V Prospal gave Steve Mason an attaboy fist/shoulder bump after a great save late in the 2nd period]
[c] I didn’t like the fact that we played rather defensive hockey for half the game and were certainly under fire way too much.
Is this an anomaly? Probably at least somewhat. Should this team be the one that plays for the Jackets next year? NO!!! WE WANT THE CUP. Will this affect the decision of a couple of players, probably.
So, the Jackets did pass the litmus test, yes. Since Edmonton won, the race for last place remains at 9 points. No harm, no foul,
good great game.
BUT— We want the Cup