I don’t want to talk about Friday’s game. I’m still trying to swallow this one.
That’s what Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach had to say when asked about playing the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second time this week on Friday night, which will be in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena.
A 2-0 lead wasn’t enough to get the job done. Tyler Ennis made a spectacular individual effort to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the 13:01 mark of the second period, before John Tavares tied the game up at 2-2 four minutes later. After the game-tying goal, Tom Reed of The Athletic tweeted this:
Cannot believe #CBJ coaches will be happy with Werenski on that goal. Not enough urgency to close out Tavares.
When Reed asked Torts about the goal afterwards, the response wasn’t too shocking after the foreshadowing tweet:
It’s a soft goal…It’s just simply getting outworked off the puck.
Tortorella was not pleased that his team exited Scotiabank Arena pointless and was clearly upset with the third goal, which would end up being the game winner from Zach Hyman:
We played well enough to win. And not to get a point out of it, off a, just a, a simple coverage off a faceoff. It just pisses you off…It’s dumb.
Torts reiterated his feelings on the game later in his postgame presser saying:
We played a good game…They found a way to win.
Despite the loss, there’s no denying that the Blue Jackets’ top line is on fire. Cam Atkinson scored his 13th goal of the season off a nice cross-ice pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois with just under five minutes left in the opening period to put the CBJ up 1-0. Atkinson, who’s scored six goals the last four games had a simple explanation for what’s been happening on the ice:
My linemates are making good passes, and I’m burying em’.
With 50 seconds left in the first period, Dubois put the CBJ up 2-0, with both Atkinson and Panarin racking up an assist on the play.
Hyman would add an empty netter to put the game out of reach with the final score being 4-2.
Dubois seemed to have a glass-half-full take on what transpired:
We can learn from this game…We just made a couple mistakes.
The Leafs got the best of the Jackets on Monday, but the two teams will face one another for the second time this week on Friday at Nationwide Arena. Hopefully the players don’t eat too much tryptophan and we see another entertaining matchup between the two squads to start the weekend. We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!