Man, the Blue Jackets game versus the Calgary Flames last night was crazy! The boys in blue lost a 1 point lead 4 times, but they dug in and forced the game into a shootout. You could just see how tired Mase (Steve Mason) was. He just wasn't as sharp as he usually is and was just a second slow here and there. R.J. Umberger was checked hard face first into the glass/boards in the first by Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Derek Dorsett was cross checked hard in the forehead by another Flames defenseman Robyn Regher. The good guys fell, 5-4, when Todd Bertuzzi scored on the lone shootout goal, but spirits were high in the locker room.
After tonight's loss, the CBJ are 2 points from 8th place in the West and 4 points from 5th. Not a bad place to be at this point of the season. :) It'll really come down to the wire when seeing who will advance to the Stanley Cup Play-offs and who will start booking their tee times come April...
Tonight's game was the last before the All-Star game so they'll get a couple days of rest to re-charge their batteries. They'll resume next Tuesday with a meeting with the Detroit Wings at home in Nationwide Arena.
Speaking of the NHL All-Star Game... Festivities are a go on this upcoming weekend, Jan 24th - 25th in Montreal. There's a Young Star's Game, a skills competition and then there's the actual All-Stars game. Both games are like a glorified scrimmage where checking is frowned upon. This weekend is all about showcasing the NHL's top talent. Fans vote for who gets to be on the All-Star rosters. Both games will be aired on the NHL Network. In addition, the skills competition and the All-Star game will also be shown on Versus.