Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nash-ty Streak Broken

"Rick Nash can be a very streaky player..."

If we had a dime for everytime we've heard that, we'd have season tickets... a Season Ticket waiting list as long as Detroit's, and the Blue Jackets' future in Columbus would not only be secure, but the team would be turning a profit.

Nash matched a pair of previous goal droughts of 11 games apiece. But when he snapped this latest one... he did it with style.

Nash figured into all four goals in regulation -- putting in two himself. Defensemen Kris Russell and Jan Hejda contributed the other two goals I what was an exciting and sometimes scary game.

Of course, it didn't have to be scary, but giving up two totally preventable goals in the last 5:07 will do that to you. However, for the first time in what seems like forever, the Jackets survived some rough moments in OT and avoided the shootout on Antoine Vermette's last-minute goal... and the Jackets got that second point.

The offensive outburst may not have erased the memory of that horrific shutout at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings, but that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel...?

Still on.

Still a long tunnel, but it's still on. The Jackets will still need a lot of help, but they also have to make sure to take care of their own business and go on an unprecedented run.

But there is hope -- again, razor-thin margin for error -- but it's there. And it may center around that... "streakiness" we so love/hate about Rick Nash. If last night is a sign of things to come, the timing is good, considering the NHL's hottest team, the New Jersey Devils are coming to town today.

The ride isn't over. That light stays on as long as the Blue Jackets light the lamp.

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