Don't look now... the Columbus Blue Jackets are on a point/win streak.
Beginning with the Jackets' shootout loss in Boston, the CBJ have put up five of a possible six points since Thursday. All three wins are also credited to Curtis Sanford, who may be starting for a while... not just for his hot hand, but also for the fact that Steve Mason was apparently hurt by a puck to the mask in practice.
It's good to know there's protection for the Jackets' net in the meantime, as Sanford turned in yet another stellar performance.
Speaking of stellar performances, the CBJ got another one of those from Jeff Carter, who opened the scoring with a beauty of a wrister from the left circle, then popped in a rebound during a two-man advantage in the second to put the Jackets up 3-1. Vinny Prospal continued his solid play by chipping in three assists, and Rick Nash made people feel a whole lot better by notching his first goal in eight games.
And what the hell was that goal by Antoine Vermette to put the Jackets up 2-0? Flipping the puck with the blade of his stick from inside the ankle? I could have sworn I heard Bill Davidge say guys practice this move, and my first thought was, "Sure, they practice it, but the odds of such a situation coming up in a game...?"
The Blue Jackets looked solid overall. Sanford made 27 saves. The Jackets capitalized on a 5-on-3 situation and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Would've been nice to keep Calgary's power play off the board, but the win is what's important.
From here, the Jackets hit the road for a game in New Jersey, before coming home on Friday to try to even the series with Buffalo. Keeping this streak going...? It's doable... especially if the Jackets continue to play like this.
But no more speculation... I've already said too much. One game at a time....
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