The Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders met in a rare afternoon affair on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It wasn’t the prettiest hockey game, there were definitely some ups and downs, but the Blue Jackets will take it as they add another one to the win column by defeating the Islanders by a final score of 3-2 in overtime.
Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo got the nod in net on Saturday from head coach John Tortorella as the CBJ played the first of back-to-back afternoon games. Korpisalo wasn’t tested very much early on in the contest, but overall played a quality game and stopped every puck he saw.
Seeing the puck was the key in that previous statement. With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, the New York Islanders got on the board first. Former Jacket Jason Chimera drove in off the wing, circled around the net, and found defenseman Travis Hamonic, who got a one-timer past a well-screened Joonas Korpisalo to put the home team up 1-0.
Although the CBJ outshot the Islanders 12-5 in the period, the Jackets would head into the first intermission down by one.
At the 1:00 mark of the second period, the CBJ were able to find the back of the net. Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg tried to make a move to get the puck out of his defensive zone but slipped and fell. An opportunistic Oliver Bjorkstrand took control of the puck, moved in on goaltender Thomas Greiss, and beat him high-glove side to tie the game up at 1-1.
The Jackets continued to get the majority of scoring chances throughout the second period and capitalized again with just over four minutes remaining in the period. Nick Foligno took a pass from Zach Werenski and entered the offensive zone along the boards to Greiss’ left. Foligno centered a pass in front of the net through traffic and found Josh Anderson, who was able to send the puck home to put the visitors up 2-1.
After two periods, the Jackets were up on shots 29-13. The third period was a bit of a different story.
The majority of the third period seemed to be played in the CBJ zone. Just prior to the half-way point of the period, Islanders captain John Tavares sent a wrist shot in on an again, very well-screened Korpisalo, that found the back of the net to tie the game up at two.
John Tortorella commented on how his team rebounded after allowing the game-tying goal:
A couple of shifts after they tied it we were still on our heels, but I thought we caught ourselves.
The Islanders continued to get quality chances down the stretch, but as the final horn blew the score remained tied up, sending the contest to overtime.
Three-on-three overtime is a possession game, and the Jackets controlled the puck from the faceoff. After an extended shift in the offensive zone that ultimately ended up getting cleared down to the other end by the Islanders, the second CBJ possession would be the last of the hockey game. Zach Werenski found Brandon Dubinsky to the goaltender’s left, who displayed tremendous patience as he didn’t rush a shot off on Greiss. He circled around behind the net and found Cam Atkinson in front who knocked it home. Jackets win 3-2 just 1:19 into the overtime period.
Tortorella was happy after the game with the way the Jackets played.
I thought we played really good, other than they got a little juice in the third period when Tavares scores…I liked the way we competed.
There’s not much time to celebrate this road victory as the Jackets head to New Jersey Sunday to take on the Devils in another early afternoon game. Now with 98 points, the CBJ once again pass the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division and, for at least a few hours, tie the Washington Capitals for first place.