Well that was a great April Fool’s Day prank if I ever saw one. The Colorado Avalanche score 3 unanswered goals, all of which hit a Blue Jacket in some capacity, and steal a win at Nationwide Arena. Cam Atkinson and Blake Comeau tallied for the CBJ, both coming in the second period, but it was the Jackets’ woes around their own net that caught up to them.
Colorado’s first goal was a blind feed from the corner that banked off of Nick Foligno sitting on his own back door like he’s supposed to. Their second goal appeared to hit Dalton Prout standing in the crease, and the third, in overtime, deflected off of Jack Johnson. Obviously none of these players wanted any of that to happen, and hockey being the funny game it is, it totally happened. The three Jackets in question were just trying to make defensive plays and the Avalanche had the hockey gods on their side tonight.
The pace of the game was rather furious and penalty free, as the referees were letting the boys play. The first was dominated mostly by Colorado, but the CBJ defense held strong until the offense was able to get sustained pressure down low moving into the second. To say the Jackets looked bad tonight would be a farce. It went quite the opposite as the CBJ had a two goal lead until the third.
What makes it the most heartbreaking is these bad bounces come at a time where points are at a premium. Making it to overtime the Jackets at least secured one point and with some help are still in contention for the wild card in the Eastern Conference. Not getting 2 points just makes the battle a little tougher from here on out.
Hopefully the boys in Union Blue can put this one behind them quickly and bounce back with a vengeance. Next up is the Philadelphia Flyers in Philly and good ‘ol Steve Mason. Wouldn’t it feel great to just slam a few past him and get back to winning? You already know the answer to that. Keep the March to the Playoffs going!
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