The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost four of their six games since the trade deadline passed. Two of those losses have come to the Pittsburgh Penguins, including a 3-0 shutout with Columbus on the wrong end last night.
Joonas Korpisalo saved 28 of 30 shots in an effort that seemed quite possibly worthy of two points. It was all for not, thanks to a CBJ offense that has been scoreless for the last 119 minutes of regulation.
The Penguins rose to the occasion, playing solid team defense for 60 minutes with 24 blocked shots. Goaltender Matt Murray also did his part between the pipes, saving all 25 shots on net. Pittsburgh has now beaten Columbus in eight consecutive regular-season games.
The CBJ have the talent to do great things, but, as Head Coach John Tortorella put it, have been unable to find a “flow” on offense despite the hustle and effort on display last night.
Saturday’s rematch against the Penguins will come at Nationwide Arena. A loss for Columbus on Saturday would make the Jackets a lousy .500 at home.
Talk is cheap at this point. The moves have been made, the players and coaches have spoken. We’re all waiting for more goals to be scored and more points to be registered. We’ll see if the results start coming, or, if this season becomes one that the fans and players will desperately try to forget.