The Columbus Blue Jackets looked outmatched in a a 6-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night.
The Columbus Blue Jackets were the success story of the National Hockey League last season—that story may pale in comparison to what the Golden Knights are doing as an expansion club.
With Vegas’ win over the Jackets, the Golden Knights now have a home record of 19-2-2 this season.
The Blue Jackets actually took a 2-1 lead at the 6:46 mark of the second period when Seth Jones made a nice pass to Josh Anderson who scored his 15th goal of the season, but that was a short-lived lead that would evaporate, just like the piles of snow in Columbus, Ohio.
In a span of 256 seconds, the Knights scored three goals to go up 4-2 with over seven minutes remaining in the second period. The energy in the building was electric and Vegas looked like a well-oiled machine.
One could argue the worst part of last night’s game for the Jackets was that they had to witness a former player of their own (William Karlsson) score twice in the 6-3 defeat. For what it’s worth, Karlsson actually scored a goal in his final two games with the Blue Jackets (games four and five of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins).
Karlsson has shined bright with the Knights, scoring 27 goals this season already.
Meanwhile, the CBJ haven’t strung together three consecutive victories since late November and simply haven’t been able to play well on a consistent basis.
If you’re looking for a silver lining of sorts there is one from Tuesday night’s defeat. The three goals scored by Columbus snapped a streak of eight consecutive games without scoring more than two goals in regulation.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be back in action on Thursday night in Phoenix, Arizona to face the Coyotes. The game could mark the return of Cam Atkinson into the lineup. We’ll see. The team could surely use any upgrade they can get to turn things around offensively.