The Columbus Blue Jackets are back at it again. A winning hockey team defying the odds coming into the season. Their most-recent feat; a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Madison Square Garden.
It was just good solid play…in all areas.
That’s what head coach John Tortorella had to say about his team after the game.
It only took 62 seconds for the Jackets to strike first.
Alexander Wennberg redirected a shot by David Savard to put Columbus up 1-0.
Former Blue Jacket Rick Nash was denied on a breakaway shortly afterwards, but ended up retrieving a pass from Jimmy Vesey to Sergei Bobrovsky’s left and burying the puck top shelf to tie the game 1-1 at the 4:07 mark of the first period.
A roughing penalty by Adam Clendening led to a CBJ power play. Sam Gagner made a quick touch pass of sorts to Cam Atkinson, who had some room in the slot and snapped the puck pas Henrik Lundqvist to give Columbus a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Jackets had four golden scoring chances (Brandon Saad penalty shot, Nick Foligno not being able to put a rolling puck into essentially an open net, a breakaway for Cam Atkinson and Zach Werenski being robbed by sliding defenseman Nick Holden) before a shot by Oliver Bjorkstrand was rebounded and put into the back of the net by Wennberg for his second goal of the night to make it 3-1.
Bjorkstrand described what his squad did on Sunday night:
Play simple, play hard…and score some goals.
Wennberg had this to say after the game:
I felt like it was a smart game from us, we played disciplined hockey and came out with the W.
At the 4:12 mark of the third period Brandon Dubinsky made a great pass in transition to Atkinson who was in the clear and put the CBJ up 4-1 with his second goal of the game.
Here’s how Dubinsky described Columbus’ performance:
We didn’t try and get too cute…We were just north south…We were playing the style that makes us [a] successful team.
The game was essentially over at that point. Tortorella hinted it was noticeable that New York played “Five games in eight nights”.
Columbus, on the other hand wasn’t showing any signs of exhaustion. Atkinson noticed a rejuvenated Jackets club after the five-day break:
I thought that break for us was crucial. You could tell we were a little fatigued.
Last-minute goals were scored by Josh Anderson of the Blue Jackets and Jesper Fast to make the score a final of 5-2.
CBJ goaltender Sergei Boborovsky tied a career high with his 32nd win of the season.
The Columbus Blue Jackets moved into sole possession of third place in the Metropolitan Division with the win and will go for their third consecutive win on Tuesday night when they head to Montreal to face the Canadiens.