Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tortorella is Happy for His Boys, as 'Jackets end Woeful Slide

The Columbus Blue Jackets finally ended their losing ways with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center and it was coach John Tortorella's old friend Brandon Dubinsky who carried Columbus to the win, scoring the game winner at 6:43 of the third.

Also See: Richards out, Torts in, as Blue Jackets Look to Save Season “If there is one guy I’m familiar with, it’s him,” said Tortorella, according to BlueJacketsXtra. “He’s just a competitor. He just does all the things." He added: “He may do some stupid things along the way, but it’s always through effort. He was huge at the end, with the faceoffs, the blocked shots. I’m happy for him. He wanted to win this. He wanted to will it. He found a way.”

Columbus can now settle into some semblance of normalcy, with the 20,000 piano finally of their collective back.

“We celebrate it,” Dubinsky said, according to Shawn Mitchell of BlueJackets Xtra. “It’s been a long while since we’ve e had this type of feeling in this dressing room. We’ll enjoy tonight, understanding that we’ve got to get to work and that this is the type of effort that we need to win in this league.”

Columbus has had its share of struggles this year, but they've avoided becoming the second NHL season to open a season with more than eight consecutive losses. The longest losing streak to start a season in history was held by the 1943-44 New York Rangers, who lost 11 in a row.