New Jersey Devils @ Columbus Blue Jackets
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013. 7:00 PM
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
After a somewhat quiet start to December schedule wise, things pick up for the Columbus Blue Jackets this week. After a quick trip out to Pittsburgh, the Jackets are back in town tonight to take on the New Jersey Devils at Nationwide Arena. Last night’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins, while disappointing, saw a solid effort from Columbus. There are very few goaltenders who could have stopped Evgeni Malkin‘s shot that put Pittsburgh up 1-0, and the second goal was a fluky bounce off of Nick Foligno (which the NHL credited to Sidney Crosby).
The Jackets lone goal from Matt Calvert spoiled Marc Andre Fleury’s shutout bid with a little over a minute to go in the game. The Jackets played an impressive game before a National TV audience; 60 minutes of effort just wasn’t enough to get the win tonight. Columbus needs to take the positives from the Pittsburgh game and now focus on beating another Metropolitan Division rival.
The Devils have been off since Saturday, where they defeated the neighbor from across the Hudson, the New York Rangers, in overtime on a PP goal from Eric Gelinas. The Devils were down 2-0 in the 2nd period, but rallied back and took a 3-2 lead with minutes remaining in the third. Chris Kreider played temporary hero for the Rangers, when he knotted the game back up with 20 seconds left on the clock. It only took a little over a minute of overtime for Gelinas to tally the game ending goal. Saturday’s win snapped a three game losing streak for the Devils.
This is the second time Columbus will face the New Jersey Devils, the last being a 4-1 Blue Jackets win on October 22nd at Nationwide Arena.
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