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Jackets’ Johnson on 7-0 loss: ‘That was a [blank] show’

Nov 20, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers’ struggles gets plenty of attention, but they aren’t the only team facing hard times. Tuesday highlighted that, as the Oilers embarrassed the Columbus Blue Jackets by a score of 7-0.

Defenseman Jack Johnson might not have been the angriest after the game, but his comments to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline may rank as the most memorable (and, in this case, most censored).

“That was a [blank] show,” Johnson said. “An absolute [blank] game. The only good thing right now is we get a chance to play tomorrow.”

Nick Foligno‘s language was a little cleaner, merely calling the defeat “disgusting.” Head coach Todd Richards had a slightly more sophisticated take on the humiliating loss.

““We were just playing to run the clock out,” Richards said. “To me, as a coach, you watch certain things and certain players, to see how they are going to respond in tough situations … we had guys who just wanted to get the game over with, which I’m really disappointed with.”

With just 14 shots on goal despite a serious drubbing, it’s tough to argue with Richards’ take.

It’s also difficult to deny the notion that Columbus might be one of the worst teams in the NHL. They’ve now gone just 2-6-3 in their last 11 games, while Sergei Bobrovsky‘s been far from a Vezina-caliber performer.

The Oilers draw far more rumors because of the breathless coverage that follows them, but considering the circumstances, maybe the Blue Jackets are just as much in need of bold changes.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    North of the border, they’ve got to be enthused about the Oilers scoring 11 straight goals over 4 periods!

  2. canucks30 - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Much like 2008-09, it appears as if the Blue Jackets were one year wonders last season.

    Ditto for Goalie Bob.

    Same old Blue Jackets.

  3. withseidelinn - Nov 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    I think trading Gaborik would be a good move. He isn’t the type of player that can be the leader on a team. He’s more of a complementary offensive piece, but he can’t do it all himself. It will help to get Horton back soon, but I think getting a few pieces for Gaborik (roster player and pick?) would be beneficial.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Horton shines in the playoffs but not so much during the regular season so I’m not sure how much he’ll help out

    • c9castine - Nov 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      every time gaborik gets traded his value goes down. he’s worth a 2nd rounder and a proven 50 point player at this point.

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