"I miss Richards and Pronger. Even Hartnell was alright I guess."

Well, it hasn’t been a very good year for Columbus Blue Jackets hockey – this we know. They were 9-20-4 coming into tonight and after blowing a 5-2 lead en route to losing 6-5, they move to 9-21-4. For those keeping score at home, that’s 22 points in 33 games.

It’s not for a lack of trying, it’s more due to a lack of skill. Where they do have skill, they are very skilled as Jeff Carter demonstrated below. Carter, who was supposed to be Rick Nash’s battery mate en route to the playoffs this year, has been a good goal scorer on a brutal team. This hat trick is proof.

If you don’t have a stopwatch handy, it took Carter 3:18 to score all three of those goals. It may take you longer to meander this build up to his hat trick than it took Carter to score all three goals.

On that note…

Great first period Columbus, just work on the other two.