One game we can play like world beaters and the next game we can play like slobs…pisses me off as the Captain of this team…I just don’t see the commitment that’s needed to win consistently in this league…I think talk is cheap on this team…I’m tired of seeing guys talk and not do it.
That’s some of what Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno had to say about the play of his team this season, in what was a post-game presser for the ages (more from Foligno later).
On the ice, the Columbus Blue Jackets scored their lone goal of the game 29 seconds into the third period. It was Zach Werenski who scored his third goal of the season, as Boone Jenner found him crashing the net in transition before putting the puck past Jack Campbell. Werenski also essentially saved goal earlier in the game, blocking the puck on a wraparound attempt by Tyler Toffoli.
However, it was a delayed penalty by Werenski that was the Catalyst to the Kings’ four-goal effort, as Alex Iafallo fired a puck off Seth Jones’ skate and into the back of the net while the home team had six skaters on the ice at the 12:03 mark of the first period.
The Kings went up 2-0 at the 10:10 mark of the second period, when former Blue Jacket Jeff Carter scored a power-play goal, sniping the puck past Sergei Bobrovsky thanks to a crisp cross-ice pass from Ilya Kovalchuk.
The aforementioned Werenski goal cut the deficit in half, before a penalty for goaltender interference committed by Kovalchuk with 12:29 remaining in regulation would actually swing the tide back in favor of L.A. Just 15 seconds later Anze Kopitar scored a shorthanded goal. Only 63 more seconds went off the clock, before Dustin Brown scored on a penalty shot while the Kings were shorthanded. The two shorthanded goals would be the last scoring action of the game, as the Jackets fell 4-1.
CBJ Head Coach John Tortorella said his team actually played better 5-on-5 hockey in the final two periods of the game. He also eluded to the power play in the third period, saying:
We just blow up on our power play.
Foligno has clearly been frustrated with the performance from him and his teammates on the power play. Here’s some of his post-game comments on the matter:
It’s terrible…It’s sucking the life out of our team…It’s just us (the players). We’re not executing…We’re pissing away games because of that…It’s disappointing.
So what do the Jackets need to do to fix the issues on the man advantage? Defenseman Zach Werenski had a logical answer after the game was over:
I think we’ll be successful if everyone just, does their job.
Welp, it looks like CBJ fans got the “slobs” version of the club in a game that was tough to watch down the stretch. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll get the “world beaters” version next as the team heads to Anaheim on Sunday night to face the Ducks.