The best thing that I can say about the Columbus Blue Jackets right now is that Sergei Bobrovsky appears to be finally coming back into form. Sure he let in 3 goals (the 4th being an empty netter), but he made some highlight reel saves. I just wish the rest of the Jackets would step up and actually play some NHL quality hockey.
Playing for a crowd of barely 10,000, the Jackets started the period strong with a hit from Jared Boll on Anton Stralman. Unfortunately, 4:16 into the period, Carl Hagelin found the back of the net, making it 1-0 New York Rangers. Soon after, the Jackets went on the power play when J.T. Miller was called for tripping. After not capitalizing on the power play, Brandon Dubinsky started the odd man rush. Fedor Tyutin joined in and scored his first goal of the season. The first period ended 1-1.
While the Jackets did not struggle through the period like they have in the past, this is where things started to go downhill. Fast. Brad Richards saw a chance for a break away, took it, and was stopped by an amazing save by Bobrovsky. Tyutin was then called for an elbow to the head of Taylor Pyatt, who immediately went to the dressing room. During the resulting power play, the Rangers stormed the crease and Ryan Callahan snuck one past Bobrovsky.
Jack Johnson was called for hooking. Mark Letestu scored on his own goal giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Hagelin was awarded the point. Soon after, Ryan Murray sniped it from the blue line on a feed from James Wisniewski. 3-2 Jackets! Wiz was called for hooking and the Jackets killed the penalty.
This is where things got really bad. There wasn’t much action to describe. Marc Staal was called for hooking on Nick Foligno. At some point a 4 on 4 took place, but it was abysmal. Bobrovsky left the ice with 85 seconds left. After a time out and the faceoff, the Rangers scored an empty net goal. The New York Rangers won 4-2.
Look for more analysis tomorrow when I detail my 3 stars of the game (if I can find any).