Saturday, December 3, 2011

Running On Fumes

As I sit down the write this, Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel has just said the team "played like a team playing three games in four nights."

It's true... they certainly did. Problem is, there are teams that can do that and get better results. The other problem... the Jackets are not one of those teams.

They should be, though.

This team was built to succeed, and seemed headed in that direction again. Now, it feels like they're back to where they were at the end of October. Twenty-four hours after coming back from two goals down to beat Calgary, the Jackets not only quickly lost a one-goal, third-period lead... they were lit up by a 5-1 margin in the third period alone.

It makes the efforts by Mark Letestu and Derek Dorsett seem... well, wasted. And those goals were beauties, too... especially Dorsett's first one, taking advantage of a turnover and tickling twine as he was hopping over Devan Dubnyk.

Per Fox Ohio, the Jackets won't stop at home before playing Tuesday in Montreal in the Bell Centre. Still, there's some time to work out some kinks -- and more importantly, rest and/or heal -- before then.

They certainly need something to click before then.

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