Since I’m in way too positive of a mood to write about the Cavs, let’s focus on the Jackets tonight, who are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games. They have the hottest goalie in the game, and a superstar in
Steve er, Rick Nash. (Sorry, still thinking about the Cavs.)
Pascal Leclaire had a 21 save shut-out against the Blues Sunday night. Rick Nash scored his 10th goal of the young season on a beautiful play. Nash caught the puck in front and left of the net, then squeezed through traffic and dropped the puck on the ice a split second before sending it past Toivonen. Malhotra and Chimera each contributed a goal in the 3-0 win.
The win gives the Jackets 18 points, tied for second most in the conference behind Detroit. (Hooray! Another reason to root against a Detroit team!) As mentioned in an earlier post, the Blue Jackets have a tough week, but started it off right. They go to Chicago to face the Blackhawks Wednesday, then a match-up against the division leading Red Wings on Friday, and finally a trip to Nashville on Saturday. I’m going to guess that Leclaire sits that one out. Time to set the DVR. Get ’em Columbus!
That was a physical hockey game. Again, let me throw out the disclaimer- I have been watching hockey for about two weeks. This was without question the toughest game I’ve seen the Jackets involved in. The Ducks are the defending champs and I guess I saw why. They can skate and throw down. They were relentless. The good news is that Columbus stood toe to toe and earned a point with a shootout loss. Fedorov missed an open net with his chance in the shootout, but was praised by announcers for a good game. Nash had a chance for a rebound shot late in the third, but was wide as well. Continue reading
It was announced today that Cleveland will have an Arena League team starting in ’08. The team, currently the Las Vegas Gladiators, will move to the Q and be renamed. (Thanks to Deadspin for the tip.) Cleveland’s favorite QB Bernie Kosar will be the team president and part owner. Here is the official release from the AFL website.
“I have always believed that Cleveland would be a perfect market for Arena Football. I am honored to be a part of bringing a great product here and look forward to bringing an ArenaBowl championship to my hometown,” said Kosar.
Uh, Bernie. Cleveland had an AFL team. They were called the Thunderbolts. They played here from 1992-1994. They had an 8-26 record, with one playoff appearance (a loss). They moved on due to lack of support. I understand that the Arena League is in much better shape now than it was back in the early 90’s. But you have to question the timing here. Continue reading