Jackets on top in Jersey


The Jackets came out on top again in New Jersey last night. The Jackets who battled through two scoreless periods came out with a 3-1 victory and a highlight save for Bob. One of the most impressive saves any goalie could ever have. Torts however, was much like McKayla Maroney in the 2012 Olympics… not impressed. While the Jackets came out on top and got three impressive goals in the third they were outshot by almost double (40-25). They also were busy on the penalty kill going 3-4 and not scoring a single goal on their “massive” two power play chances.

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Torts took the blame for the poor performance in his post game interview, stating improvement is still in the making. His team isn’t doing the things they need to do yet, but with a two day break before heading to the Nations Capital lets hope that turns around.

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    Look for the Jackets to start out slow and really feel out how the Capitals want to play. Once that has been determined the Jackets will look to attack any weaknesses they can find and plug away to a win. What absolutely cannot happen is that if the Jackets should concede a goal they must play as if it were a 0-0 game. Columbus has a terrible tendency to fall apart when the slightest thing goes wrong, which eventually leads to utter self destruction and a loss. If they keep their heads above water and really pepper the Caps and keep it in the offensive end, there is a solid chance for the Jackets to come out with a win.

    Also with Joey apparently on the mend look for him to return to action soon. No official statement has been released to when he will be back. However if it is not too serious it could be as early as Friday or Saturday. Stay tuned with Union and Blue by following us on twitter for any breaking news updates concerning the matter.

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