In last nights game the Avalanche got the first goal of the game that’s to TJ Galiardi with assists from Ryan O’Byrne and Ryan Wilson. Columbus came back with goals early in the second and third. With 41 seconds left in the game Gabriel Landeskog gets his first NHL career goal assisted by Jan Hejda and Ryan O’Reilly taking the game into Over Time. After the first OT period of the NHL 2011-’12 season, the score is still tied 2-2 and they head into shootout! The Jackets get the first goal of the shoot out which is quickly followed by Hejduk. Next goal made was by Duchene as the Jackets could not get past Varlamov on their second and third attempts leading the Avalanche to the win.
McClement was wearing the third “A” for the game. Varlamov is starting to look tired after his 3rd start but still holding strong. The offense is out shooting the Blue Jackets, however, they are not closing the deal. They had at least 3 shots at a basically empty net. The fact that they are working on improving shots on goal in their favor shows they are starting to fix the problems from the past on both offense and defense. Now if they can just improve power play advantages.
This was Hejda’s first game against the Blue Jackets since leaving them. He was interviewed for an article by Aaron Portzline was asked his thoughts on leaving Columbus and was quoted saying “‘I was disappointed. To be honest, it still pisses me off. When the offer came out, to be honest, I felt like I wasn’t respected here.’” The article also mentions “Hejda [saying] he’d put ‘money on the board’ [that night] in the Avs’ dressing room. That’s money that goes to a charity or an end-of-season party should the Avalanche beat the Jackets tonight. ‘I will start low, and then we’ll see the reactions as I go up,’ Hejda joked.”
I’m sure this victory for him was bittersweet as he still talks to his friends from the team and coaching staff. I hope the money is well spent.
The article by Aaron Portzline can be found here: http://www.bluejacketsxtra.com/content/stories/2011/10/12/hejda-back-in-town-with-some-bitterness.html