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Goodbye Columbus

Posted on: April 24, 2009 1:38 am
Edited on: April 24, 2009 1:57 am

There are probably worse ways for the Columbus Blue Jackets to have ended what was the most successful season in franchise history. And at some point, they might actually think of one.

In the meantime, the Blue Jackets will have to console themselves knowing they didn't go down without a fight, and might have survived a little longer than four games were it not for a brain cramp by a veteran player who should know better.

Ultimately though, it would not have made a difference for the Jackets to have extended this series. Columbus took some big strides this season by making the playoffs for the first time and has some nice pieces in Rick Nash and rookie goalie Steve Mason to continue building around. But Columbus hasn't reached the point where it could realistically hope to upset a far superior Detroit team that demonstrated how much separates them by toying with the Jackets through the first three games of the series.

Still, the Jackets had a chance to make up for that embarrassment in the home finale.

Columbus played with the kind of desperation teams trying to avoid sweep have to, and forced the often disinterested looking Red Wings into actually breaking a sweat for the first time. That's probably a good thing for the Red Wings, if only because it reminded them that there is some work involved in defending a Stanley Cup. Detroit was pushed to the limit because the Jackets came back twice from two goal deficits, but it was all for naught thanks to Fredrik Modin's mindless play in the waning minutes of the third period when the teams seemed destined for overtime.

Modin, who wore a savior's hat temporarily for the Blue Jackets when he scored to tie the game at 5-5 late in the middle period, but he was the guilty party on a too many men on the ice call that led to Johan Franzen's winner for Detroit with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Modin jumped over the boards and played the puck before Jakub Voracek reached the bench, an automatic penalty that had disaster written all over it because it gave the league's best power play a chance to put the game and series away.

That's the kind of gift talented teams like the Red Wings tend to capitalize on, particularly when they have the added incentive of getting several days off if they do.

Pittsburgh had a chance to earn a similar vacation, but the Penguins got frustrated after failing to break through in a dominant first period and let the Philadelphia Flyers take the game away from them. The Penguins had a great start with a 15-5 shots margin in the opening 20 minutes, but they couldn't solve the Flyers often maligned goalie Martin Biron and now have to return to Philadelphia for a sixth game.

The Penguins failure to put away Philadelphia should be a concern, because the Flyers have largely outplayed them in the series and Biron has been as effective as Penguins goalie Marc Andre Fleury. The two had a pretty good duel on this night, but it paled in comparison to the battle taking betwen the netminders in New Jersey's 1-0 win over Carolina.

The lesson here is that it doesn't pay to get Martin Brodeur mad. The Devils goalie blew a gasket on the ice after a last second goal beat him Tuesday, but rebounded by turning away 44 shots, 35 of them in the third period. Meanwhile the Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward wasn't exactly a slouch, making 41 saves, just one too few to prevent Carolina from facing elimination at home this weekend.

They won't be alone. With its 4-0 loss in Anaheim, San Jose is on the brink of the brink of another playoff flop, one that will hurt more than the others because the Sharks finished first overall and theoretically are built for a long run. But key players like Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have gone missing in action again, and the Sharks have played most of this series looking like they would rather be somewhere else.

With the Ducks looking more like the team that won the 2007 Stanley Cup with each passing day and now holding a 3-1 series lead, chances are the Sharks won't have to wait long for that to happen.


Category: NHL

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:12 am

Goodbye Columbus

Keep dreaming about your Leafs signing Rick Nash - firstly he's under contract until 2010 not this off season and if he wanted to leave Columbus, he'll have offers from about 29 other teams - some with a lot better chance to win than the Leafs. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:10 am

Goodbye Columbus

He's still got one more year with Columbus and from what I hear, columbus is going to offer him a nice long contract extension in June somewhere along the lines that Detroit has been throwing out to their top players. You guys should just hope the ping pong ball goes your way and Tavares ends up in Toronto (Something I honestly wouldn't mind seeing--- a top drafted player going to a town where he may be greater appreciated). If Nash doesn't go for the deal, we're going to see one of the biggest bidding wars for a young star player since the NHL came back from the lockout.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:06 am

Goodbye Columbus

Bad example...NBA players do walk from one end of the court to the other one...they just call it a "crab dribble". Otherwise, I agree its a black and white call...count the players on the ice: 1...2..3..4...5..6.. yep that's a penalty. Rough way for the series to end but sometimes that's the way it goes. Given the way the Ducks and Canucks are playing, both are going to be incredibly tough draws for the Wings...but its nice to see the guys get some extended rest. Loving playoff hockey, its the best time of the year!


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 11:00 am

Goodbye Columbus

Hey wookie, why dont you do us all a favor and fall back in it. The unwritten rule in that type of play is 5 feet from the bench. That is in a regular season game. I dont know how far J.V was from the wall when Modin touched the puck but he was close enough for me when in the same period Dorsett was huled down behind the Detrot net not 5 mins earlier with no call. Not a border line call? ( "That kind of thing happens about five or six or seven times a period," Voracek said.) Hmmmm.

"To call that penalty with (1:34 remaining) in an elimination game " Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore said. "I'm not making excuses. We got swept, right? And Detroit outplayed us for the vast majority of the series.

"But to have, basically, a free-for-all the entire third period, and then end it on a call like that? It's a borderline call in the middle of the season, let alone in the playoffs."

Wow...  Two people that not only play the game but played in that game. You know more than they do wookie?  Since you must be an ex NHL player, please teach us more of your hockey wisdom!




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 10:26 am

Goodbye Columbus

Uh, Modin was the guy coming off the bench and he PLAYED the puck while the guy coming off was still on the ice.  There is absolutely, positively no way that that could NOT have been called.  Not calling it would be like not calling a defensive lineman offsides when he's standing behind the QB and the ball hasn't been snapped.  It'd be like not giving a batter a walk after the pitch bounced off his helmet.  It'd be like not calling traveling in basketball as a player runs from one end of the the court to the other with the ball in his hands.  I can understand your frustration, but you certainly can't say that was a garbage call.


Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2009 10:10 am

Goodbye Columbus

Even though i am a wing fan I have to admit that i was sad to see that game end in that way.  But what I have noticed over the last year or so is that sometimes the refs call just weird stuff.  You can look at the finals last year where the wings suddenly got calls against them in late stages of the game where the calls were questionable.  Shoot, the last game had Datsuyk tripped in front of the ref at center ice and the ref didnt call it.  But it was hard to see such a great game (if you love high scoring games) end on that type of call.  It had to be made but it was like kicking a guy when he is already down.

As for Nash leaving for the leafs, I dont think that its going to happen.  Nash has it good in Columbus, team is young, made the playoffs, have a great fan support in the city and Mason might be the next coming of Marty B or JSG.  The kid is huge and can make the goal almost dissapear.  Nash could be one of those guys who will be the face of Columbus for a long time like Igilna and Yzerman


Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:25 am
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Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: April 24, 2009 9:24 am

Goodbye Columbus

Muleskinner, you must be a fair-weather hockey fan because your statement of "That call on Modin was garbage in a game like that. That same thing happens 4-5 times every period, in every game and is a border line call." is just ignorant.

First off, that doesn't happen 4-5 times every period.  Sure, people jump on & off all the time with 6 people on the ice but the only difference is that you can NOT play the puck when you are part of a line change ... PERIOD.  This isn't a "border line call", it is as black & white as rule can be.  If you are coming off or going on and you touch the puck, it's too many men on the ice. 

I do agree that some stuff needs to be let go when players are fighting hard for position or the puck but a blatant mistake on a clear-cut rule needs to be called, regardless if it is the playoffs or not.  Do us all of a favor and stay off the hockey blogs and let people who have played the game, coached the game, and who love the game, stick to the comments.   

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2009 8:48 am

Goodbye Columbus


 Hey Wes, why dont you just wear a Red Wings hat in your profile picture?  Anyone that has read your articals or power rankings for very long already knows the truth. You are a wings fan through and through and you dont hide it too well bud.

That call on Modin was garbage in a game like that. That same thing happens 4-5 times every period, in every game and is a border line call. In a game that the ref's are letting everthing else go uncalled for a whole period, that penalty should not have been called. But since your a wings fan I'm sure you dont see it that way do ya?

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