The Columbus Blue Jackets played some of their best hockey of the season, but their Thursday unbeaten streak came to an end.
Superstition is something that some people take more seriously than others. However there were a few fluky instances with the number 13 to take away from Columbus’ 4-3 loss on the road to the Winnipeg Jets:
- Cam Atkinson, who wears the number 13 on his jersey, took a puck to the face during pregame warmups. Mark Latest took his place in the game.
- With 11:13 remaining in regulation, it was Columbus, Ohio native Jack Roslovic who scored a power-play goal to tie the score at 3-3. The CBJ hadn’t surrendered a goal on the penalty kill since December 28th against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- In what was the most controversial part of the game; Brandon Tanev (who wears the number 13 on his jersey) took a puck to his neck while while Columbus still had 58 seconds remaining on their power play with 5:05 left in regulation during a tie game. Tanev blocked the shot, but already didn’t have a stick in his hands. The play brought back memories of 2017, when Zach Werenski took a puck to the face in the first round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. However, in that instance (while Werenski was bleeding all over the ice) there was no whistle and the Penguins scored.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets were 12-0-0 on Thursdays this season heading into the matchup. It was the 13th game on that day of the particular week that finally broke the undefeated streak.
Prior to the third period, things were looking very good for the Blue Jackets. Artemi Panarin got on the board to tie the score at one apiece at the 8:52 mark of the first period. About five minutes later, it was Josh Anderson who broke his eight-game goalless streak with a power-play goal to put Columbus up 2-1.
Sergei Bobrovsky had a rough moment past the midway point of the second period, not holding on to a flimsy backhanded shot from Mason Appleton that knotted up the score at 2-2. However, only 57 seconds later, following a phenomenal defensive play from Nick Foligno, it was Oliver Bjorkstrand who took a nice feed from Alexander Wennberg and sniped the puck past Connor Hellebuyck to put the road team up 3-2.
Foligno “liked” what he saw from his teammates on Thursday night and added:
It’s a tough one to swallow when you feel like you do a lot of good things to win a hockey game and you don’t come out with anything.
Although the Jackets came didn’t get any points in the bank, there’s no doubt they played one hell of a game. Defenseman Zach Werenski summed that up, saying:
If we play like we did tonight for a full 60 minutes we’re gonna win a lot of hockey games.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have now lost four games in a row. They’ll look to end their losing streak on Saturday night, when the St. Louis Blues will come to Nationwide Arena.