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First Star – Marian Gaborik
The first goal of the season came from Jack Johnson, but he wouldn’t of scored that goal if Gaborik didn’t make a great pass. Not only did he have an assist on the first goal, but he also scored a goal in the first period as well. At one point during the second period on the power play he received the puck after some sloppy play, he took his time, and made a pass to get the play going again. It seemed as if that particular power play turned right around after he calmed the play down and made a smart pass. Didn’t see a ton of his presence in the third period, but he played a good overall game.
Second Star – Jack Johnson
Johnson opened up the scoring for the Blue Jackets in the 2013-2014 regular season. He buried a stellar pass from Gaborik, and tied the game up at one on the power play. Johnson was also credited with an assist on the late goal from Anisimov. Other than the penalty late in the game, I think Jack played well. He did some good work on the power play, making good passes, and was smart with his movement. I didn’t notice much weakness in his defensive game tonight. I look forward to seeing him on the power play.
Jenner and Murray are going to share a star tonight. I thought both played really well for their first regular season game in the NHL. Jenner played exactly how he played in the preseason, he worked hard, and played smart, tough hockey. I think it was unfortunate that he wasn’t kept on the first line with Dubinsky, and Gaborik. Murray played well in the defensive zone, but I was really impressed by his play in the offensive zone. He was creating rushes, and jumping in on the play when he could. I think both looked solid, Jenner could have benefited from a little more ice time though (but then again so can everyone).