Wasted Efforts: Cam Atkinson’s Hat Trick Was All For Naught In A 9-6 Home Loss To The Calgary Flames

The Columbus Blue Jackets have gotten off to a frigid 0-2-0 start in the month of December.  The Calgary Flames scored five goals in the second period, erasing a 4-1 deficit and stunning the patrons at Nationwide Arena with a final score of 9-6.


Just 49 seconds into the second period, Cam Atkinson scored his second goal of the night, giving the Jackets a commanding 4-1 lead.


Or so we thought. 


If you went to use the restroom, you’d be stunned to see what happened when you came back.  Less than two minutes later the Flames had cut the deficit to 4-3.


Columbus wasn’t able to slow down the Flames, who took a 6-4 lead at the 14:32 mark of the second period.


The game was the highest-scoring affair between two teams in Blue Jackets history and saw momentum shift in what seemed to be the blink of an eye.  Fans seemed to be more shocked than upset when the Flames scored five consecutive 2nd-period goals in a span of less than 13 minutes on the game clock.


Nick Foligno’s goal with five minutes left in the 2nd period seemed like it could’ve turned the tide in favor of the CBJ, but instead it was the Flames who scored twice in the final period to go up 8-5.


Johnny Gudreau put the Flames up 8-5 at the 6:29 mark of the 3rd period, causing the Jackets to finally give in and pull Sergei Bobrovsky (more on that later).  Joonas Korpisalo came into the game for Bobrovsky, and on his first save received a loud cheer of the sarcastic variety from the crowd after Bob had allowed 8 goals on 26 shots.


At that point, it seemed like forever ago when Atkinson put Columbus up 4-1.  Atkinson completed his hat trick at the 8:13 mark of the third period, cutting the Calgary lead to 8-6.  Atkinson didn’t have much of a celebration afterwards.  What transpired before his third goal of the evening put a damper on the mood.  


On Saturday, Bobrovsky had a great performance, but it was the offense that couldn’t respond and earn Columbus at least a point.  Last night it was Atkinson’s hat trick that led to zero points in a 9-6 loss.


It’s easy to look at the box score and simply say it was all Bob’s fault–that wouldn’t be fair.  There were redirects, bad bounces and rebounds landing directly on the sticks of the Flames’ players that led to goals in the wild 9-6 result.  


A turnover by Artemi Panarin sealed the fate of the Jackets, with Austin Czarnik beating Korpisalo for the final goal of the night with 6:49 remaining on the game clock.


Despite the loss, Columbus had some phenomenal shifts in the offensive zone and saw Atkinson amp up his goal total to 19 on the season.


Head Coach John Tortorella opted not to overreact to the stunning nine goals allowed by his team and has stated that Sergei Bobrovsky will be the starting goaltender on Thursday night in Philadelphia against the Flyers.  


If you were waiting to see how this team reacts to adversity, then you’re in luck.



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