The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators combined for 13 goals in a wild game on Sunday night.
Don’t expect an easy explanation of what happened in Ottawa, Canada on Sunday when the Blue Jackets and Senators matched up against one another.
I don’t know what to tell you.
Those were some of the words that came out of John Tortorella’s mouth in his postgame press conference after what simply wasn’t your prototypical hockey game.
Here’s what we can tell you…
Cam Atkinson scored the final goal of regulation for the Blue Jackets as well as the game winner in overtime. The overtime goal was on a breakaway after the puck quickly circled around the boards after a missed shot by Erik Karlsson.
Columbus trailed 5-3 entering the third period. Atkinson talked about the third-period performance saying the club got back to:
The way we’re capable of playing…that’s obviously forechecking hard and that’s when we generate a lot of our chances…I thought we played better in the third period.
Ottawa goaltender Mike Condon shut out the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, saving all 42 shots on goal. However, Sunday didn’t go quite as well.
Columbus had only 29 shots on goal, but scored seven times.
Joonas Korpisalo didn’t look too hot on the stat sheet either. The Jackets’ goaltender allowed six goals and saved less than 85 percent of the Senators’ shots on goal.
John Tortorella made sure to let everybody know that Korpisalo’s performance wasn’t as bad as it looked on paper:
You gotta be careful when you evaluate Korpi in this game here…they had some grade-A scoring chances and he made some great saves.
Tortorella clearly wasn’t happy with the number of scoring chances his club allowed on the evening:
We’re 20-plus scoring chances against us. I mean it was 18 after two periods. And that’s just, that’s just stupid.
Noteworthy Game Stats:
- Zack Smith scored the first two goals for the Ottawa Senators (both goals came in the first period).
- Before Atkinson scored the final two goals for the CBJ, the other goals (in order) were scored by Nick Foligno (power play), Scott Harrington (was also his first career goal in the National Hockey League), Zach Werenski (power play), Lukas Sedlak and Matt Calvert.
- Mike Hoffman also scored twice for the Senators, with each of his goals coming in the second period.
- Columbus scored on two of four power-play opportunities. Tortorella referred to the club’s success on the man advantage after the game saying “It certainly kept us alive tonight”.
- The win for the Jackets marks their first consecutive victories in the month of January.
The CBJ found a way to come away with two points in a 7-6 overtime victory against the Ottawa Senators. Up next they’ll travel to New York to face the Islanders on Tuesday night.