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Columbus’ key to victory: Playing angry

Oct 31, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

Sheldon Brookbank, Derek Dorsett AP

Columbus’ 3-1 win over Anaheim last night may have been a job-saving win for a few people in the Jackets organization. Coach Scott Arniel and GM Scott Howson both had their jobs put in jeopardy according to reports on Sunday morning, but after coming out swinging and scoring against the Ducks, the ship may finally be getting righted in Columbus.

What did the Jackets use to get focused to win, however? Anger and lots of it as the teams squared off in four fights with Derek Dorsett getting in two of his own. Michael Arace of Puck Rakers finds out that anger management is something the Jackets could do without to win.

“When we play with a bit of an edge, when we play like we’re pissed off, when we play in the hard areas and go there first…that’s usually when better things happen for us,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said.

Having guys like Dorsett and James Wisniewski will help the Jackets play angry as Dorsett is their own version of the “little ball of hate” and Wisniewski since returning from suspension has been lights out and providing that “edge” that Arniel is talking about. With the rumors about Ken Hitchcock potentially returning with his taskmaster ways as coach, the Jackets should have plenty of reasons to be angry about that.

If the Jackets can continue to play with a chip on their shoulder like they did against the Ducks, they’ll turn into a team like the Ducks on their own. One with skill to score and enough hate down in their hearts to rub everyone the wrong way. It’s either that or Hitchcock and his iron fist come in and crush them.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Oct 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    A rich, self-satisfied, complacent hockey player is a bad hockey player. Too many of them and you have a bad hockey team. Give me a guy with a chip on his shoulder, a guy who was never given any respect and will never truly feel accepted. Give me a guy who’s driven by something deep down inside that we’ll never completely understand. A guy who thrives on, or maybe only knows adversity. Put a few of them together and you have the core of a team that will never be happy with a paycheck, first class hotels, private jets, the life.

    Columbus? Whatever chemist put that team together needs to go back and check the formula again. He got it all wrong. I’m not saying it’s easy, they just got it wrong.

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