By Michael Russo
Update: Defenseman John Scott said he has a badly sprained right ankle. New blog post soon.
Hola from Nationwide Arena, where Russo is stretched out up in the press box. I’ve got an entire TV booth to myself.
I’ll be on Columbus radio between the first and second periods, by the way.
And incidentally, I’d suggest you all check back after the game and read a blog post I’ll be throwing up.
As for tonight, the lineup’s on the below post. Justin Falk will make his pro debut. Exciting day for the pride of Snowflake, Manitoba. One second he’s a junior player, the next second, he’s got an NHL contract in his pocket and is playing in a Wild uni.
I’ll be back when the game is start, and again, be sure to check back at Russo’s Rants after the game.
Here we go. Period 1
1-0 Columbus 2:49 . Kim Johnsson tied up with Jakub Voracek in front of the net. Craig MacDonald (good dude) found up the loose puck and score. There was a bit of a mishap by Falk there, who wasn’t in position moments before.
Columbus hitting tonight. Aaron Rome just pasted Johnsson.
Wild doesn’t want to get hit. They’re just throwing the puck away on this power play any time a Blue Jacket gets close.
25-second 5-on-3 coming. Rome cross-checked Colton Gillies into the net.
Seconds after Nik Backstrom denies Rick Nash with a great left pad, R.J. Umberger bangs home Nash’s pass for a 2-0 Jackets lead.
2-0 Jackets after 1.
Backstrom just robs Umberger with the right pad. And now same pad save on Nash.
Wild just awful tonight.
13:03 left in second, Wild being outshot 18-5
3-0 Kristian Huselius. Sick goal. He gathered the puck, waited for Backstrom to commit on a delayed penalty, then deked around his pad and snuck it inside the post.
Gaborik takes a long shot and Pascal Leclaire flashes glove after beauty of a saucer pass by Bouchard
3-1 on the power play. Martin Skoula on the slap shot from the point and Owen Nolan tips it for his second goal of the preseason.
Gaborik then robbed on a breakaway by Leclaire’s left pad.
However, seconds later, Rick Nash put it on Gaborik’s stick in the slot. Another partial break and he scored this one. 3-2 seconds with goals 58 seconds apart.
3-3. Gaborik another great play. Leclaire robs him, but he can’t hang on to the puck. James Sheppard scores with 3:36 left.
3 goals in 2:14.
3-3 after 2…sudden turn of events, eh?
You would not believe the two saves Backstrom made. He has been insane tonight.
But think we see Barry Brust tomorrow in Montreal?
Remember Gaborik in Detroit last year when he collided with Hasek? Craig Weller was just hit by Fedor Tyutin and did a cartwheel right over him. Scary stuff, but he’s OK.
Gaborik just took a hook. I’ll tell you what, helluva game by Sheppard, 11:10 left.
4-3 Columbus on the power play. Backstrom couldn’t hang on to the puck. Nobody could find the rebound. Looked like defenseman Kris Russell.
John Scott’s hurt. In a lot of pain. Having trouble pulling weight on the right leg as they help him off.
Another minor by Gaborik. He taketh, and he giveth away.
Malhotra empty netter with the Wild on a power play and an extra attacker on.
5-3 Columbus. Game over