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So simple: Wisniewski returns and Blue Jackets finally win

Oct 25, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

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After a historically bad start, the Columbus Blue Jackets were able to shoot the cannon enough times against the Red Wings to earn their first win of the season. You read that right. The Blue Jackets beat the Red Wings by a 4-1 score. If you saw that coming and live in Las Vegas, you could have paid your mortgage for the next year (Disclaimer: PHT does not condone “gaming” in any way).

Here are the facts: the Blue Jackets started the season 0-7-1. It was such a bad start that it sparked a heartfelt letter from Jackets’ GM Scott Howson. James Wisniewski returned from the Shanahammer imposed suspension to start the season, rookies started scoring, and Columbus beat the vaunted Detroit Red Wings (even if it was against Ty Conklin). Clearly, the Wiz is worth every cent of his ridiculous $33 million contract, right? Too soon?

The good news is that just about every player on the Jackets had the best game of their season. Ryan Johansen and John Moore scored the first goals of their promising careers; while Steve Mason figured out how to stop pucks on a consistent basis. Which brings us to the keys for the Blue Jackets over the next 73 games: find some consistent scoring and make sure Mason makes saves. It sounds easy, but it took them a few weeks to figure it out.

The win vaults the Blue Jackets into striking distance from the 14th seed in the Western Conference. Calgary Flames: you’re officially on notice.

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  1. east96st - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Worse thing that could happen to Jackets fans. Now, even though it’s merely coincidence, the Jackets FO will claim it was the suspension and injuries that caused all the problems. So the front office will stay in place. Nothing good, long term, will EVER happen to this team as long as Mike Priest is President. NOTHING. The man redefines incompetent and is the driving force behind CBJ being one of the worse organizations on ice and the most condescending off ice. Until that cancer is removed, the body will never heal, never stay strong, never flourish and grow. Nothing is different in Columbus today. This is still a team that has NO chance to win the Cup. One win changes nothing. The fundamental flaws are still there for everyone to see. We all know if this was a ten game series with Detroit that Detroit would end up 9-1, 8-2 at worse.

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