Nick Foligno is in his eighth year with the Blue Jackets, the last five of which he has served as team captain. Following a 5-4 loss in Minnesota Tuesday, Foligno was as critical of the team he leads as I can remember. The Jackets were badly outplayed by the Wild for the first 40 minutes of the game, trailing 4-1 after two periods. They rallied to within a goal twice in the third period but the energy burst came up short. While he credited the team for finding their game late, Foligno was angry about what transpired in periods one and two.
"I'm disappointed. I feel like we let one slip away," said Foligno, who scored the Jackets only goal of the first two periods. "I don't know what else to say really, I'm just disappointed in the effort in a lot of guys tonight that normally are giving us the minutes. I'm not trying to be negative...I like the way that we found ourselves but man, we're not in a position with the people we have in this room, to be spotting teams leads like that and expect to win. We need these points."
The Jackets blew a chance to pick up points on Carolina, who lost at home to Dallas and on the Islanders who fell in overtime to the Rangers. The CBJ are clinging to the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference by two points over Carolina. The Hurricanes however, have played three fewer games. The same is true of the Islanders who own the first wild card by a single point over the Jackets.
The game in Minnesota was the second of a back-to-back for Columbus, who snapped an 8-game losing streak with an overtime win Monday against Ottawa. Foligno, however did not buy the theory that the Jackets struggled early because of fatigue.
"I don't think tired is a good excuse. I think that's (expletive) personally," Foligno said. "We can't be tired. We're not in a position to be tired. We do all that work at the start of the year to not be tired so I don't want to hear that as an excuse from any guy because it didn't come down to being tired. You can say second wind and all that crap, but we just didn't have the same compete level (at the start of the game) that we need to have. We're desperate right now, so I don't know for what reason we dip our toe in the water right now but it's unacceptable and it's the real reason why we lost the game."
You can check out all of Foligno's fiery post-game comments below.