The Columbus Blue Jackets came into Tuesday’s hockey game concerned with tightening up defensively. They did just that, but winded up with their third consecutive loss at Nationwide Arena.
Seth Jones scored less than a minute into the game on Tuesday, and it felt like the Columbus Blue Jackets were in control.
After the game was over, Head Coach John Tortorella knew his team did plenty of things right despite the outcome:
I like the way our team played.
When the third period came around it was Columbus who held a 1-0 lead. Vancouver tied up the score at the 8:11 mark, but it was the Jackets who regained the lead less than two minutes later with Oliver Bjorkstrand sniping a shot off goaltender Jacob Markstrom and into the back of the net to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
Earlier in the game, it was the CBJ who led 1-0, but had a ton of chances to go up by two goals. Markstrom, who was the number-one star of the game, made plenty of draw-dropping saves to keep Vancouver in the thick of things when the game came down to the final moments.
With under five minutes in the final period, it looked liked Joonas Korpisalo was about to get a big win and gain some confidence.
That wasn’t the case.
Vancouver scored their second goal of the night via a double deflection at the 16:56 mark to tie it up. Then, out of nowhere, Jake Virtanen found a tiny space between Korpisalo and the post to give Vancouver their first lead of the game in the final goal of the contest to make it a score of 3-2 in favor of the road team with 1:46 left in regulation.
Columbus Blue Jackets Captain Nick Foligno shared his thoughts on the game as a whole afterwards:
This one’s hard to swallow, cause you do a lot of good things and you don’t get results you want.
Torts described the three-goal outburst from Vancouver in the third period in four words:
Three really funky goals.
The puck hasn’t been bouncing in the Jackets’ favor at NWA lately, but they’ll once again have a chance to try to gain some traction on home ice this Thursday with the Los Angeles Kings coming to town.