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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1290 on: April 16, 2018, 11:33:34 AM »
GAME 2 RECAP:  https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/16/17240466/columbus-blue-jackets-at-washington-capitals-game-two-recap

The Caps came out and played like a team that needed to win Game 2.  They outshot the Jackets 19-8 in the first period and built a 2-0 lead.  But despite that edge, the Jackets got a critical goal with 1:35 remaining on a beautiful stretch pass from Foligno to Atkinson, who got behind the Caps defense and made a beautiful finish to make it 2-1 going into the first intermission.

The Caps kept up the pressure in the second period and scored a power-play goal four minutes in - Ovi's 2nd PP-goal of the game.  But a key moment came shortly after when the Caps had a 3-on-1 breakaway that Savard and Bob stopped to keep the score 3-1.  --  Instead of getting a three goal lead, the Caps saw the Jackets reel off three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead into the second intermission!

So the CBJ needed to hold on to that one goal in the third period.  They almost did, but just couldn't keep out of the penalty box.  The Caps eventually broke through with another power-play goal with 3:35 remaining.  The Jackets even gave them another chance when they put the Caps on the power-play for the final 1:59 of the period.  But the Jackets held on to force overtime.

But in OT, it would be the Jackets who would prevail.  Matt Calvert scored the game-winning goal a little over 12 minutes into OT off a Werenski shot that saw Calvert hold off a defender with one arm and use the other to gather the rebound and send it in!  MATTY ICE FOR THE WIN!!

Bob was BOB! as he set a personal and franchise record with 54 saves.  The Caps outshot the Jackets 58-30 - including 27-8 from the start of the third period through overtime.  But although the Caps were desperate, their "playoff luck" continued.  Now the CBJ hold a commanding 2-0 lead going into the two home games at Nationwide Arena this week.
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1291 on: April 16, 2018, 11:34:03 AM »
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1292 on: April 16, 2018, 12:01:03 PM »
I have mixed feeling about Bob getting the franchise record for saves there.  You only get to set a franchise record for saves if the rest of your defense is allowing that many shots on goal, which isn't exactly a great position to be in.  And he did still give up 4, which is right in line with his not-exactly-impressive 3.88 GAA (IIRC) in previous playoffs.  Those stats will generally lose you more games than they'll win you, notwithstanding our 2-0 series lead so far.

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1293 on: April 16, 2018, 12:12:06 PM »
I have mixed feeling about Bob getting the franchise record for saves there.  You only get to set a franchise record for saves if the rest of your defense is allowing that many shots on goal, which isn't exactly a great position to be in.  And he did still give up 4, which is right in line with his not-exactly-impressive 3.88 GAA (IIRC) in previous playoffs.  Those stats will generally lose you more games than they'll win you, notwithstanding our 2-0 series lead so far.

This is a weird (and bad) take.

Bob has a .920 sv % in the playoffs.  He can't help it if his team decides to hand the Capitals SEVEN power plays.

He's stopped .966 at even-strength.  It was an all-time performance last night.

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1294 on: April 16, 2018, 01:26:22 PM »
I'm not saying I have mixed feelings about Bob's individual performance last night.  I have mixed feelings about the fact that he was in a position to set that record at all.

In the 2014 World Cup in soccer, Tim Howard for the U.S. had a record-setting performance as a goaltender for saves against Belgium, and the U.S. lost.  Part of the reason for that was the amount of shots on goal we were allowing.

Offensively, it's great that we were able to score 5 goals against the Caps.  Defensively, it's not great that we put ourselves into the position where 5 goals were actually necessary to win, and moreover, that the only reason that victory threshold wasn't higher was because a Vezina-winning goalie was having a great individual game.  The Caps were ninth in the NHL in scoring in the regular season, which is obviously nothing to sneeze at but they weren't Tampa Bay, either.

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1295 on: April 16, 2018, 07:11:04 PM »
Yeah, we definitely shouldn't keep tempting fate by going down 2 goals, committing too many penalties and waiting until OT to win.  But if you're going to tempt fate in the playoffs - the Washington Capitals are the team to do it with!

Just look at these photos taken by Dispatch photographer Kyle Robertson just after Calvert game-winning OT goal last night:  https://twitter.com/KRobPhoto/status/985717013124468737

It looks like these Caps fans have seen this kind of playoff failure too many times and are now dead inside!


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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1296 on: April 17, 2018, 12:54:02 PM »
Getting ready for Game 3 at Nationwide Arena:

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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1297 on: April 18, 2018, 09:52:11 AM »
https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/18/17248566/recap-washington-capitals-at-columbus-blue-jackets-game-three

Tough loss last night as the Jackets fell 3-2 (double OT) in the longest game in franchise history.

The game set a new Nationwide Arena attendance record with 19,337 in the building.  https://www.1stohiobattery.com/columbus-blue-jackets-news/2018-stanley-cup-playoffs/2018/04/2199/blue-jackets-set-franchise-record-with-19337-fans-at-nationwide-arena-to-see-game-3

The Jackets drew iron on at least four shots making the loss that much harder to swallow.  Up 2-1 in the best of 7 series, the Jackets are back on the ice Thursday.  Have to wonder if fatigue will become a factor with all of these OT games.

The decision by Washington to play Holtby paid dividends after one game, at least.  Tortorella hardly played his 4th line which left players gassed by the 2nd OT.

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« Reply #1298 on: April 18, 2018, 12:34:55 PM »
The CBJ tempted fate with the Caps once too often.  Tough loss, but when you get to OT, its anyone's game and any weird deflection or bounce can decide it.  And we did win those previous two OT's.

On to Game 4.  Try to stay out of the penalty box and try to win it in regulation!
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Re: Columbus Blue Jackets Discussion
« Reply #1299 on: Today at 12:00:14 PM »
Jackets put up their worst performance in a long time last night, losing 4-1 and home-ice "advantage" (road team has won every game).  Game 5 in Washington at 3:00 on Saturday.

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« Reply #1300 on: Today at 12:25:26 PM »
Jackets put up their worst performance in a long time last night, losing 4-1 and home-ice "advantage" (road team has won every game).  Game 5 in Washington at 3:00 on Saturday.

https://www.jacketscannon.com/2018/4/19/17256094/capitals-beat-blue-jackets-4-1-series-tied-at-2

Yeah, that was a stinker.  If you don't believe me and D&S, just ask Coach Torts.

From his post-game press conference at 3:42:  "We weren't good. ... We laid an egg.  I'm not gonna break it down for ya.  We sucked.  We sucked.  So let's move on and see if we play better Saturday afternoon."

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