Ruutu and Mason face off. (Photo Credit: Chris Seward via N&O)

The Nightmare Continues: Blue Jackets vs Hurricanes

It didn’t end. The cycle continued with the Blue Jackets. Last night remained it’s yesterday. Confused, catch up here.

It’s a broken record of power plays. In the last three games, Canes have gone 0-3, 0-5, and 0-9 on extra-man goal opportunities. Not only is it déjà vu like the movie Groundhog Day, but it actually gets worse with each contest! Canes even had a 5-on-3 chance in the second for 73 seconds. Nadda. Nothing. Zippo.

That brings the ugly statistic to 3-for-61. The point juice squeezed from those 61 power plays would have us sitting comfortably in the play-offs.

Late in the game, Maurice pulled Cam Ward on a power play. The result was a coasting puck to the back of an empty net from Derek MacKenzie, his second of the night, to make it 3-1. So now other teams are now scoring on our extra-man chances. Salt in the wound.

“I’m sure it’s frustrating watching, but you have no idea being down on the ice and getting those looks and having them not drop,” said captain Eric Staal.

It is frustrating to watch a team you respect struggle. Let’s help solve this dilemma, shall we. Let’s pull together the great minds of Caniac Nation.

Apparently, the line changes had no impact on the problem.

J. Skinny tried to break the cycle, despite an unfortunate hit to an important nether region, with his 24th of the season at 9:16 in the third.

Tuomo Ruutu also fought until the very end. He zipped one under Mason with just 34 seconds remaining to make it 3-2.

Since the situation is so reminiscent of Bill Murray’s famous Groundhog Day, perhaps the solution lays within the movie. How did Phil finally wake from his repetitive nightmare?

Phil (Murray): Do you know what today is?
Rita (MacDowell): No, what?
Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened.

Ah, yes. He selflessly fell in love with a wonderful lady. Problem solved! For the love of my Canes, I will selflessly sacrifice myself to Jeff Skinner’s affections. No need to thank me.

Rita: [as Phil kisses Rita over and over discovering that he has finally passed Groundhog Day] Phil, why weren’t you like this last night? You just fell asleep.
Phil: It was the end of a VERY long day.

While Carolina chalked up their 4th consecutive loss, the New York Rangers won sole possession of the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference standings.

Next on the schedule…oh, just a road trip to Buffalo. The Sabres are two points ahead of the Canes in 8th. However, we were able to beat Buffalo 2-3 earlier this month at the RBC Center. Ending our “Groundhog Day” to the Sabres would be a sweet way to wake up from the nightmare.

“There’s still time on the clock, but we feel the urgency and everybody understands exactly where we’re at,” claims Paul Maurice.

It was also military appreciation night on Saturday. I thought fans were incredibly respectful, and the organization produced honorable segments thorughout the evening. My favorite of the evening: Stormy and the Apache

As a native Ohioian, I feel the need to say I enjoyed seeing the Jacket boys. I’m sorry their play-off chances are null. I may be joining in mourning with fellow FanSided writer at Fire That Cannon shortly…

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Cam Ward Canes Carolina Hurricanes Columbus Blue Jackets Derek MacKenzie Eastern Conference Standings Eric Staal Groundhog Day Jeff Skinner New York Rangers Paul Maurice Stormy Tuomo Ruutu

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