Just 14 days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were a team that lacked consistency and it wasn’t apparent which direction they were headed. Since then, the Jackets have won five of their last six games and improved their record from 7-6-1 to 12-6-2 after a dominant 4-1 victory in over the Hurricanes away from Nationwide Arena last night.
The stars shined bright for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who improved their road record to 7-2-1.
Two minutes into the second period, the Jackets were already up 2-0, with Cam Atkinson scoring twice and Artemi Panarin racking up primary assists on both goals.
At the 6:05 mark of the 2nd period, Columbus had their lone blunder of the game, allowing Sebastian Aho to be all alone behind the net, as he converted on a wraparound to make it a 2-1 hockey game.
Only 77 seconds later, Atkinson and Panarin tallied an assist on a goal scored by Zach Werenski (his fourth of the season) to extend the lead to 3-1. With 8:40 remaining in the 2nd, Atkinson completed the hat trick with a power-play goal.
The stars were bright indeed for the CBJ on Saturday night.
Atkinson showed off his scoring abilities to improve to 12 goals on the year and added a point to his resume on the Werenski goal.
The Breadman was a magician with the puck, as he contributed three helpers in the winning effort.
And, you can’t forget about Bobrovsky. Bob has now allowed a single goal in four consecutive starts. The dog days of a slow start for the goaltender have passed for sure.
After not playing due to illness in Thursday night’s 7-3 victory over the Florida Panthers, Panarin and Bobrovsky were major contributors in a one-sided affair. Nick Foligno wasn’t in the lineup due to a personal issue, but it didn’t waver the confidence of a Columbus club who went a perfect 3-0-0 on the week. The Jackets, however, will be tested in the next seven days, with two matchups against the Toronto Maple Leafs and a trip to PPG Paints Arena to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. Until then, the squad will have to settle for sitting atop the Metropolitan Division.