First, I'm going to fully admit... after Game 1, I watched the end of Montreal-Tampa Bay and caught a few minutes of Anaheim-Dallas and just fell asleep.
It's true. Between work and trying to come up with first round Playoff picks that didn't sound completely bat$#!+ crazy... there was some sleep deprivation going on this week.
So I woke up this morning and participated in the daily all-American ritual -- namely checking my twitter feed -- and learned a few things:
I learned that matzo and Marshmallow Peeps apparently make decent S'mores (though, apparently, Peeps are not kosher).
I learned that apparently there are those who think the "We Are The 5th Line" craze that is going on around Columbus is a knock-off of the Seattle Seahawks "12th Man."
Ummmmm... yeah. Seattle was all over that "12th Man" concept, just a few decades after Texas A&M instituted that into its college football program in the 1920s. Get over it.
But wait, I learned that the aforementioned 5th Line was largely undaunted by the Jackets' loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1.
And why should anyone feel bad?
Well, sure, the loss, obviously. But we saw one hell of a hockey game Wednesday night.
Now of course, there were some definite "coachable monents" in the game -- two power play goals against in less than a minute being the most glaring.
The jackets have 12 players experiencing their first NHL playoff game on Wednesday night… And they lost 4 to 3. To the Pittsburgh Penguins. Picked by some to win it all, for some reason.
The Jackets came ready to play, even--and especially--the young guys.
The Columbus Blue Jackets hung with Pittsburgh Penguins in game one. But for a few mistakes the jackets could've won the first playoff game in franchise history. Those little mistakes are potentially huge. However, with good reason, the impact of those mistakes seems magnified when the word Stanley Cup Playoffs are painted just inside the bluelines.
But it's one game. And Jack Johnson so eloquently put it, the Penguins have to win four.
Mistakes can be corrected.. That is probably why--for the first time ever, I think--I don't mind having an extra day off in between the first two games of the series. This is my absolute favorite time of the year, and I typically see that extra day off as a needless interruption.
No one panicking.
This series will be split one the final horn goes off Saturday night the Jackets have to win two in Pittsburgh, because it is a good bet the Pens will manage to steal one in Nationwide, at some point in the series.
So it's a good idea for the jackets to get that first W in CONSOL now.
Some of you reading this be a team with an 0-5 playoff record overall.
I see a team awakened -- perhaps rudely, but awakened.