The win against the Blue Jackets — a decisive win, I might add — has finally put us up in the top 8 in the Western Conference.
Who could believe that we were once (and for a while) last in the Conference? We were once last in the LEAGUE. Remember when I thought 12th was good?
But they turned it around. The cut out their cancer, they held on until some of the injured players returned, and then they started to believe they could do it. Marty Turco finally figured out what he was doing wrong and stopped it, and that’s been probably the biggest thing. I think Dave Tippett should get some Jack Adams consideration for coach of the year if this keeps up.
All four lines are contributing. When things are going well, they can handle it. They have been known to start out smacking a team around, then panic because there’s still half a game left to play. And when things aren’t going well, they can handle it. For a while, if they got down by 2 goals, they were destined to end up down by 5. Now, they seem to be able to imagine getting those two goals back.
During his intermission interview, Brad Richards made a good point that they were not playing that hard at first. They had a 3-0 lead, but it had been kind of easy, so in the 2nd period Columbus picked up a couple of goals and started to catch up. That woke up the Stars and they stepped on the gas the rest of the way.
The Detroit win was pretty fantastic, but this win against Columbus might have been more important. We’re never going to catch Detroit in the standings, but we have to win against the teams we’re bunched with here in the middle. On the other hand, even though we’re never going to catch Detroit, taking three of the four games against them this season does wonders for our confidence.
I think the boys think that they can beat anybody now.