With the way the game started, I think every Jackets fan was expecting a great night. I know I was. However the game turned out to be anything but great. A controversial call lead to a Face Off in the Columbus zone, the Hawks won and eventually Ben Smith put home the game winner under five seconds to go.
Tonight was a game in which the Jackets controlled very early scoring less than two minutes into the game. Derek Mackenzie tallied his 9th of the year. With the early start Columbus carried a whole lot of momentum throughout the period. There were quite a few great chances that just wouldn’t go for the Jackets. Then as Jackets fans well know the curse of the late goal. The Hawks tied it up when Jeremy Morin snuck one by Bob with under 3 minutes to go.
In the second the Jacket came out quick again just 36 seconds in when Ryan Johansen scored a beautiful goal on a wrist shot from just past the face off circle. Then it got entertaining when the Hawks tied it up on a Patrick Sharp power play goal after Jared Boll was given a two minute penalty for interference. The penalty also resulted into a Bryan Bickell Jared Boll Fight. At this point the game started to lean into Chicago’s favor. Marian Hossa then scored at the 10:42 mark. At this point the Jackets only hope was to strike back very quickly. In true Blue Jackets form that’s what they did, Artem Anisimov Scored his 21st of the year just over two minutes after the Hawks took the lead. Only to have the hopes of gaining at least a point dashed late in the game.
Jackets Player Of The Game: Derek Mackenzie, The 4th line to me doesn’t get the credit they deserve. The effort and energy
that Mackenzie puts out on every shift is amazing. It doesn’t always show on the score sheet but it shows by wearing down opposing players.
The Blue Jackets next game is against the Islanders Sunday at 6 P.M. Expect a fired up CBJ team to show up. It is now Do or Die. They do control their destiny but you don’t want to rely on hope.