Last night I watched a team with energy and hustle. I watched a team play good defense and attack every scoring opportunity. They played as a team and willed themselves to victory. Obviously I’m not talking about the Cavs, who were terrible. Pathetic even. And I’m not talking about the Mavericks, who simply played better than the Cavs. I’m talking about the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Now before you stop reading the article, let me say this. I am not a hockey fan. I have never been a hockey fan. I know nothing about the game. But I have watched a few games this year, and I have to say this Blue Jackets team is fun to watch. Last night they played the Kings, and won 4-1. I don’t think it was because they have that much better talent, but rather because they seemed to want to win more. And they played as a team. Each line contributed something last night, whether it was penalty killing or attacking the net. In fact, with only 5 minutes left in the game and the Jackets up 3-1 you would expect Columbus to stay in their zone and play defense to cling to the lead. This team was on the attack for a solid 2 or 3 minutes in that time.
Like I said, I don’t know much about hockey, and so don’t think I can contribute much to the conversation, but they look like a much better team than they have been given credit for. It seems that Pascal Leclaire is performing at a higher level than he has at any other point in his career. Is this normal development for a goalie? This is his 4th year in the league, which to me sounds about like a when an athlete should be hitting his stride. They also have some veterans that even non-hockey fans can identify with. Sergei Fedorov is 3 years older than I am, but he is playing significant minutes for the Jackets, and I imagine teaching the younger guys what it is like to win. Adam Foote I remember from the Colorado championship teams. He is also here logging minutes and helping with the Jackets defense.
Here’s hoping this team keeps it’s hot streak going. They may have found themselves a fan. Ok. You can stop reading now.