After a loss last night to the LA Kings where the Blue Jackets' energy level dropped as the game went on, the club got on a plane, flew to Arizona, and suited up to face the Phoenix Coyotes in the second game of this six game road trip. Like their last trip to the desert, the Jackets would open the scoring against Mike Smith, though I don't think anyone expected Jared Boll to be the guy who cracked the seal. Taking a pass from Jack Johnson after the blueliner drove the puck deep into the offensive zone, Boll pulled up at the half wall and fired a shot that banked in off a defender's skate and into the net. The lead wouldn't last, however, when Mikael Boedker drove through the defense and fired a shot on Steve Mason from the goal line. Mason would try to make a diving save but miss the puck, leaving it in the crease for David Moss to tap across the line. Less than a minute later, the Coyotes would extend their lead thanks to Radim Vrbata, who fired a shot that, frankly, should have been a fairly pedestrian stop for an NHL level goaltender, but, again, Steve Mason.
The Cannon | Feb 17