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Columbus' surprising first victory

Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:48 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 9:50 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

At some point, the Columbus Blue Jackets miserable start to the season was going to end. But did you expect it to end against the Detroit Red Wings? Probably not.

Riding an 0-7-1 streak into Tuesday's game against their divisional rivals, and less than a week removed from letting what could have been their first win of the season slip away in the final 30 seconds of a 4-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Blue Jackets finally found their way into the win column with a surprising, hard-fought 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

Everything that had gone wrong over the first eight games finally started to go right on Tuesday.

For one, defenseman James Wisniewski made his Blue Jackets regular season debut after sitting out the first eight games of the regular season due to a suspension, and logged a team-high 27 minutes. He finished as a plus-one, recorded a shot on goal and blocked four shots. Goaltender Steve Mason, who has had a disastrous start to the season, played well and stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced, even though he had to briefly leave the game in the first period due to an apparent injury. Columbus even managed to get some offensive production from a pair of their recent first-round draft picks as Ryan Johansen and John Moore tallied their first NHL goals.

Johansen, whose goal proved to be the game-winner, played a bouncing puck off the end boards and fired a puck from behind the goal line off the back of Red Wings goaltender Ty Conklin during a power play mid-way through the first period. Moore added his first late in the second when he blasted a shot from the blue through traffic.

The win comes on the same day Blue Jackets general manager, Scott Howson, penned an article on the team's official website talking about how the start to the season was like a punch to the gut. His players responded on Tuesday night with a spirited effort and impressive win over one of the best teams in the NHL.

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Comments

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

OK Mr. Loud Mouth mar725,

You won one regular season game against the Red Wings this year. You want to sit there and run your mouth about thats fine
because we can do that too.

How many Stanley Cups have the Washington Capitals won?  NONE

In Washingtons first Stanley Cup appearance who beat them to win the Holy Grail? Detroit Red Wings

The Washington Capitals have made the playoffs 20 times since they came in the league 1974-1975 season

The Detroit Red Wings have made the playoffs the last 20 years in a row and won 4 Stanley Cups

So you can sit there and try to rip on our team but we know better.

So until you win the Holy Grail keep your dumbazz comments to yourself



Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:49 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

Quit complaining about the refs Wings fan, a win is a win and a loss is a loss. It's 7 games into the season and everything will be fine. It is funny, however, to see a Capitals fan chime in. When they get past the second round of the playoffs they can talk. Ovechoke will never win a Stanley Cup.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:44 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

Congrats to the Dead Rings, they managed a feat that no one would have thought possible. They got umiliated by the leagues best team one day and umiliated by the leagues worst team 3 days later. Hey Dick, I guess the destruction of your beloved Lead Kings on Saturday (help me remember that score....umm...7-1 was it) was all the refs fault also. Still think Conklin is a SOLID back up? Jimmy Howard better stop breats feeding his baby and prepare to play the rest of this seasons games. Next time, tell him you use a condom of make sure his wife is on birth control pills until November so the babie will pop out during the offseason (See Cal Ripkin).



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:30 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

Surprise, surprise -- a Dead Thing fan complaining about the refs and the league hating them.

I'm guessing if everyone wasn't against the Detroit then they would be 82-0, right?

Watch the game and stop whining, you little bitch.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:29 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

A tainted victory. Mr Kelly Sutherland called AT LEAST three bogus penalties on the Wings. At least Mickey Redmond had the guts to point these out. CBus played well. The first star of the game Mason especially for stopping 30/31 shots. Detroit simply could not find the back of the net. These games happen to all teams. Sutherland and his partner were a disgrace. There was no flow as whistle after whistle did not allow Detroit to roll their lines. He did get the call on Datsyuk right late in the game. Most others were terrible. Sadly the stripes determine the outcome of too many games. Refs are either intimidated by the home crowd,incompetent or on the take. Sound familier? The NHL offciating has morphed into NBA officiating. These guys have a tough job for sure. However it is time to utilize the technology available and institute some type of challenge system ala the NFL. The refs need help.



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:14 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

The Jackets looked like a totally different team last night...in previous years, the Red Wings just dominated them. Wiz opened up some ice, but the whole D unit was in Det's face or on their back...and everyone seemed to be on the puck. Can we thank Jimmy Howard's son for giving the Jackets some chemistry?



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:03 am
 

Columbus' surprising first victory

A whole lot of choking going on up north......


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