The Columbus Blue Jackets left no doubt about who was the better team on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center, with a dominant 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders.
After the game, Brandon Dubinsky talked about the state of the Blue Jackets at the moment:
We’re playing the right way right now… We’re just sticking with it…now we’re getting the results.
If there was a single word to describe the Jackets’ effort on Tuesday night it would be “sticktoitiveness”:
After trailing 1-0 going into the first intermission and failing on the first two power-play opportunities of the game, the CBJ responded in the second period with two power-play goals of their own.
Columbus entered the third period up 2-1, but instead of playing safe, Torts had this to say about how his team played:
We just stayed with it.
Dubinsky extended the CBJ lead to 3-1 at the 6:01 mark of the third period by rebounding his own shot on a wraparound attempt (sticking with the play) and sneaking the puck past goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
The Jackets kept their foot on the gas pedal, scoring only 43 seconds later. This time Cam Atkinson streaked toward the net and took a feed from Artemi Panarin in transition and buried the biscuit to seal the 4-1 victory.
If there was a number that described the Jackets’ success in the game it would be two:
The second period was the difference in the game. The CBJ had two power-play goals in the period. The first came from Oliver Bjorkstrand at the 6:02 mark and the second came from Pierre-Luc Dubois at the 19:03 mark.
Bjorkstrand and Dubois also happen to be the only two players who’ve scored in the last two games for the Blue Jackets (both of which of course have been victories).
Defenseman Zach Werenski had the primary assist on each of the two power-play goals and had this to say afterwards:
A lot of guys are starting to get their confidence back and score some goals…It’s nice to see. It’s the right time of year for it.
For what it’s worth, Werenski also had three assists overall on the night; with his third coming on the aforementioned Atkinson goal.
Tomorrow night the CBJ will look to win three consecutive games for the first time since November. They’ll be in Toronto, Canada to face the Maple Leafs.