The Columbus Blue Jackets continued their winning ways in their first game of the new year, with a 3-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
The Columbus Blue Jackets entered the rink in the third period with a 2-1 lead on the scoreboard and 25-11 advantage on the shot chart.
Just 2:44 into the period it was the team’s captain Nick Foligno who retrieved a puck in the offensive zone and rifled a shot past Cam Talbot to put the home squad up 3-1 with 17:15 remaining in regulation. It was the final goal of the game.
Before the puck dropped to start the final period, it was the Columbus power play that guided the Jackets to their 16th victory in a row.
Jesse Puljujarvi was called for holding 11:20 into regulation. Cam Atkinson made him pay, taking a quick feed from Zach Werenski while positioned to the left of the net and centering the puck off a defender’s skate to put the CBJ up 1-0 with 7:28 left in the opening period.
Oscar Klefbom scored the lone goal of the game for the Oilers at the 5:39 mark of the second period. He took a short and crisp 180-degree pass from Patrick Maroon that that landed perfectly on his stick and beat Bobrovsky from not too far outside of point-blank range in the center of the ice. The goal tied things up 1-1, but the game wasn’t all square for long.
A penalty by Brandon Davidson of the Oilers put the Jackets back in business. With 10 seconds left on the man advantage, it was William Karlsson who slapped home a beautiful cross-ice pass from Brandon Saad to put Columbus up 2-1 with 11:07 remaining in the second period.
After the game Jody Shelley interviewed Karlsson, whose power-play goal was the first of his career as well as the game-winning goal for the evening. Karlsson referred to the team’s winning streak saying
Seems like there’s different heroes every game.
Other Notable Statistics
- Alexander Wennberg, Brandon Saad and Nick Foligno all extended their point streaks to six games.
- Seth Jones was credited with an assist on the first goal of the evening, giving him the 100th point of his career in the National Hockey League.
- The odd stat mentioned about Edmonton before the game continued. The Oilers have now played in 10 consecutive games decided by a final score of either 3-1 or 3-2.
- Sergei Bobrovsky saved 21 of 22 shots on goal, continuing to dominate between the pipes.
- The always-dangerous Connor McDavid had three shots on goal, but was held pointless on the evening.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets now have won eight games in a row at Nationwide Arena. That’s enough for a franchise record.
- The CBJ will head east to face the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. A win for the Jackets would tie the NHL record of 17 consecutive victories.