We’ll take baby steps right now.
That’s some of what Head Coach John Tortorella had to say about his team’s performance on the power play. The Jackets were 0-6 on the man advantage last night in Anaheim against the Ducks, officially dropping them to last in the National Hockey League, with a Power Play Percentage of 10.7 (fill in the blanks with frustrating commentary).
Columbus had a 1-0 lead and was on the power play in the second period, before a two-minute minor was assessed to Josh Anderson for slashing, which led to a 4-on-4 goal from Cam Fowler. Fowler would eventually score a second goal with about 90 seconds remaining in the 2nd period, with a shot past Joonas Korpisalo off the top-right post and into the back of the net to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
Fowler would go on to complete the hat trick in overtime, giving the home team a 3-2 victory.
Torts knows his team has plenty of room for improvement, and had this to say regarding the overtime loss:
That’s a big point. We leave the California trip .500. With a team that has zero confidence.
Tortorella saw his team play better as the game went on, and eluded to the confidence issue with some players on the team:
I thought we got much more flow in the second half of the game…But we got some guys that…Just don’t feel good about themselves, so we gotta try to build em’ up.
Columbus at least doesn’t have an entire team void of confidence. Pierre Luc Dubois put the Jackets up 1-0 at the 3:33 mark of the 2nd period with a shot from the right slot that beat John Gibson, thanks to a nice drop pass from Boone Jenner. Dubois tied the game at 2-2 with only 32 seconds remaining in regulation, after rebounding a shot from Seth Jones while Korpisalo was out of the net for a sixth skater.
Markus Hannikainen only had 8:26 of ice time, but seemed to make every second count, with two shots on goal and plenty of impressive forechecking from him and his teammates while he was in the game.
In the end, however, inconsistency remains the only consistent thing from this club, who fittingly went 1-1-1 on their three-game road trip in California. They’ll be back on home ice Tuesday night with a matchup against the Dallas Stars.