At the beginning of the season, just about every Blue Jackets fan circled games against the Rangers on their calendar. Between the divisional implications and the fact that seemingly half of each team used to play for the other, meetings between the Blueshirts and the Union Blue were destined to hold much weight. Monday night’s tilt provided enough fireworks to last until the next game.
Luckily, the fireworks were celebratory in Columbus, as the Blue Jackets came out with a 4-3 SO win, thanks mostly to Sergei Bobrovsky. The Vezina winner stopped 40 of 43 shots, and stoned both Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash in the shootout.
Brandon Dubinsky opened the scoring in the first, but was answered by Nash 2 minutes later. The second period featured 2 more goals, but both were by CBJ this time. Cam Atkinson and James Wisniewski each found the back of the net, and the Blue Jackets took a two goal lead into the third.
The Rangers however, are not a team to be slept on, as Brian Boyle and Rick Nash scored 4 minutes and 6 minutes into the period, respectively. The rest of the game remained scoreless, and OT maintained the status quo, leading to the shootout. Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored for the Blue Jackets, with RyJo showing off his silky mitts and going top cheese on Lundqvist.
This win, like the last, is huge for the Blue Jackets players, especially those coming from NYR. As a team, it’s important to get road wins, and there are very few places as difficult to win in as MSG. Plus, the tightness of the Metro Division makes a game like this one even more crucial.
So there you have it. One fan’s impression of what may be just another game. I just feel like it means more to fans and players alike. What do you think?