This game started out well and then went bad. The first period passed without a goal from either team, then early in the second, Brenden Morrow got the first goal from Mittens and Ribeiro. Their line seems to be coming out of their slump a little bit.
Then Steve Ott got his goal about halfway through the period. Ott now has a career high in goals. It’s only six for him, but there are quite a few players having career years so far. Some have already passed their career high and there are 30 games left to play.
Then some Blue Jacket I never heard of named Kris Russell gets a goal right before the end of the period. For some reason the Stars started falling back in the third and the Blue Jackets scored two more to take the lead, then an empty netter at the end.
I feel like I barely watched this game, because Razor was off doing the Versus game and Brian Hayward was standing in for him.
Brian Hayward is the Anaheim Ducks color analyst and he is extremely not my favorite. I have the Center Ice package so I have seen and heard broadcast teams from all over the league. The Ducks broadcast team is one of my least favorite. And I’m not alone — Even Earl Sleek doesn’t like him.
Five minutes into the game, Hayward implies that Brenden Morrow (Brenden Morrow!) is a diver. He points out that Morrow “tries to draw the call, but the refs aren’t biting on that one.” Maybe that’s not what he meant, but that’s how it sounded. Toward the end of the first period, he points out that Morrow’s goals aren’t worth as much as other people’s goals.
:21: Shut up, Hayward. He’s trying to make it sound like Brenden Morrow’s goals are all deflections off his stick or skates. “I asked Brenden and he said 4 or 5 goals were like that, and that seems like a lot, Ralph!” Shut up, Hayward!
He never stops talking. Even when something is obviously about to happen, and most would defer to the play-by-play guy to call the exciting play that is unfolding, he just soldiers on with the story he’s telling. There is never any open air for the listener to take a breath.
For this game, he was standing in for a team he doesn’t watch all the time, but apparently he was barely watching the game. He seemed to be looking for spots to wedge in all the Stars trivia he had written down, instead of analyzing what was actually going on. If he had been doing the Blue Jackets feed, all that information would be interesting to their fans. But you don’t have to tell us that Morrow is always near the net, or that our goalies like to play the puck. At least not in such a revelatory way.