Monday night had the Blue Jackets faithful both giddy and nervous through 2 periods of play. Scoring 2 goals in all three periods, the 4-0 lead after 2 seemed promising enough. But we know better than to assume they will finish it off. We believe they will, but there is always a seed of doubt.
We were giddy because we finally had some offense going! Can I get an “It’s about time!”? The boys have been struggling, but they found away to make it work IN TORONTO tonight. Oh yeah, I caps’d that on purpose. This was a 6-0 road win in one of they hardest buildings to steal a win in. Good work boys.
Cam Atkinson got it going with a first period goal, followed by R.J. Umberger just 20 seconds later. In the second, Jack Skille, the call-up from Springfield, wired one home while 3 minutes later Ryan Murray found the back of the net on the Power Play.
When the third came around, many wondered what the Leafs would do. Two minutes apart, about halfway into the third, Ryan Johansen netted two shots, one of which was on the Power Play, and the question of the Leafs’ action was answered.
Not to mention, a 6-0 win doesn’t come without stellar goaltending. Sergei Bobrovsky was phenomenal as we have to come to expect, and finally, FINALLY, the offense helped out at the other end of the ice.
Without a doubt, this win does absolute wonders for the confidence of CBJ. They ought to realize now that it IS allowed to score multiple goals in a game, even in one period! Over the span of this short season, the biggest problem has been a lack of offense. And sometimes, not often, but sometimes, the lack of scoring stems from a lack of effort. They get frustrated so they get discouraged. And when they are discouraged, they are less motivated, and games are lost by scores of x-1.
All in all, I, and every other member of Blue Jacket nation, am proud of the boys and hope to see this effort again next game, and the one after, and so on. The poise, grit, and conviction they showed tonight are quite promising, and the win ought to give them a nice high to ride into the next game.