CBJ Play With “Zero Emotion” At Home In 3-0 Loss To Vancouver Canucks

The Columbus Blue Jackets weren’t able to get the puck past Ryan Miller and were shut out 3-0 by the Vancouver Canucks in Nationwide Arena.

 

It was a chance to grab two points with all six upcoming games at home.

 

So much for that plan.

 

There was zero emotion in the game…I don’t see a team that’s nervous I see a team that’s flat (emotionally).

 

Head Coach John Tortorella had those words to say about his team in the postgame press conference.

 

After a scoreless first period the Vancouver Canucks didn’t take long to get on the board. ¬†Only 44 seconds into the second period Daniel Sedin didn’t have a defender in front of him and was able to easily rebound a shot from teammate Markus Granland and put the Canucks up 1-0.

 

It’s at this point Columbus needs to not overreact, or in the words of defenseman Ryan Murray:

 

We just need to stick to the gameplan.

 

At the 7:59 mark Lukas Sedlak went off for a tripping penalty. Daniel Sedin connected with a wide-open Loui Eriksson who was just outside the blue paint to put the Canucks up 2-0 with 11:07 remaining in the second period while on the power play.

 

The first two goals didn’t seem too difficult for Vancouver due to a defense that didn’t play up to par for Columbus.

 

Ryan Murray talked about the defensive showing:

 

We had some big errors…In the end that’s what cost us.

 

Heading into the final period the Blue Jackets still had life only down 2-0.  Head Coach John Tortorella talked about his decision not to shake up the lines with the two-goal defecit:

 

I wanted to see if we could work through it…Not pull the plug.

 

Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller made a nice save on a breakaway opportunity for Cam Atkinson early in the third period and was fortunate Seth Jones’ shot rung off the post during a power-play opportunity about eight minutes later.

 

Nick Foligno was impressed by Miller’s performance, but had this to say about how his team challenged the goaltender:

 

We tested him, but just not enough.

 

It was crystal clear the Blue Jackets weren’t coming back when Jayson Megna scored with 9:13 remaining in regulation to put the road team up 3-0.

 

Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t have much help tonight and had a front-and-center view of a team who needs to get back their identity on home ice.

 

Murray had this to say about what his team after the tough home loss:

 

We need to buckle down…It starts individually.

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets will have a chance to get back at it on Saturday when they’ll host the Detroit Red Wings.

 

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