In their first game back in Columbus following a four-game road trip, the Blue Jackets put together a solid performance, beating the New York Islanders by a score of 4-0.
Ryan Dzingel got the scoring started 5:43 into play when he beat Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss with 17 seconds left in a CBJ power play. Prior to that goal, Greiss had kept the Jackets out of the net in each of his last two starts against Columbus.
After a scoreless second period, Artemi Panarin, who hadn’t yet scored in the month of March (12 games), beat Greiss on a breakaway to make it 2-0 CBJ at the 2:38 mark of the third.
Following the contest, Captain Nick Foligno, who rejoined the club on Tuesday after spending the last four games away from the team tending to an ill son, commented on the importance of Panarin’s goal:
That goal by Bread…that was a big goal for us at the time. To find a way to get that second one, and then we just started to take off from there.
Oliver Bjorkstrand extended the Columbus lead to three when he fired a shot into the back of the net with 8:46 left in the game, then Cam Arkinson buried an empty netter with 27 seconds left to secure the 4-0 Jackets win.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who shut out the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, stopped all 26 shots sent his way. Tuesday’s performance against New York gave Bob his third shutout in his last four starts – certainly a good sign for the CBJ, who need things to start going their way with only a handful of games left in the regular season.
With three teams separated by just three points in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race, points are of utmost importance at this point in the season. With just six games remaining and a huge contest against the Montreal Canadiens upcoming, their last two performances are hopefully a sign that things are starting to click for the CBJ, and just in the nick of time.