Coming off the worst game of the year, Columbus was looking to start off with a lot of energy and leave Calgary with a huge two points. In the early stages of the game the Jackets dominated play. The first period came to an end with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 with Nick Foligno scoring his 5th goal of the season. The second period was pretty tame compared to the rest of the game. In the 3rd period Joe Colborne scored his 2nd goal of the year, sending this game to overtime. In the overtime period Columbus had the majority of possession. With Sergei Bobrovsky heading to the bench for the extra man, Nikita Nikitin puts home a scrappy goal for the 2-1 overtime win.
The biggest difference I noticed in this game compared to the past few games was our transition from the defensive zone to the offensive. If you watch the top teams in the league they leave the zone so quick, half the time they are set up before the defense is into the zone.
Once again Nikitin stepped up his play, and scoring the winner didn’t hurt his case to stay in the line up. With Tim Erixon getting the call up tonight was a huge game for Niki. In this game the other best defender was Ryan Murray, who has been the Jackets most consistent D-Man.
Another player who stood out to me was R.J Umberger. R.j has 5 goals and 7 assists, making him one of the Jackets most productive forwards. Umberger has been a lot faster, and a whole lot better overall than he was last year.
The Blue Jackets continue this Canadian swing Friday Novemeber 22nd, when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks at 10PM.