The Columbus Blue Jackets may have been outshot 39-20, but the scoreboard read 3-0 in favor of the road team. Columbus went a perfect 4-0-0 in their final week heading into a mini Christmas Vacation.
Here are some noteworthy takeaways from the Jackets’ win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon.
A Hot Start
At the 5:31 mark of the first period a great cross-ice pass from Alexander Wennberg to Oliver Bjorkstrand led to a 2-0 lead for the road squad. This came after Cam Atkinson sparked the team at the 4:03 mark with the first goal of the game. Atkinson has 23 goals this season after scoring 24 all of last season.
A Slice Of Bread
With under ten minutes remaining in the second period, it was Artemi Panarin who backhanded the puck past Keith Kinkaid on a breakaway to give Columbus a 3-0 cushion.
A Kill For The Ages
Late in the 2nd period, the Jackets were called for too many men on the ice while they were already shorthanded. What ensued was 1:41 of 5-on-3 hockey. Everybody watching at home and in the building was basically waiting for the puck to go into the back back of the net. A bunch of chaos in front of Bob and some highlight-reel saves…Somehow, some way, the Devils were blanked. I’m still wondering how in the hell Columbus survived that stretch without giving up a goal.
Bob Says Nyet
Saving the best for last here. Sergei Bobrovsky had a career-best shutout with 39 saves on the day. CBJ fans should rejoice and be glad, as this is most likely their last Christmas with Bob, who was nothing short of spectacular against New Jersey.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have now won four games in a row and are riding a six-game point streak. They’ll get back in action after their break on Thursday in “The Big Apple” against the New York Rangers.