The Jackets suffered a disappointing loss tonight in Newark as they fell prey to the Devils 5-2. The game started out with the Devils on fire. Blink and you would have missed three goals, all in Jersey’s favor. It was special teams that killed Columbus tonight. Two of New Jersey’s three first period goals were power play tallies, and the Jackets were down 3-0 before anyone knew what was happening. The guys in Blue finally got one back in the first period, when Artem Anisimov scored the Jackets’ first goal of the night, and it was 3-1 NJ after one.
The second period looked better, if by better you mean not giving up three goals in the blink of an eye. The Jackets got another goal back off the stick of Marian Gaborik, who is looking to prove his worth to the team after missing a considerable amount of games due to multiple injuries. Gaborik’s goal cut the Jackets’ deficit in half, making it a 3-2 game. Things started looking up when Columbus went on the power play with 33 seconds to go in the second period, but Jack Johnson made a mistake and turned the puck over, and the Devils capitalized for a shorthanded goal to finish out the period with a 4-2 lead.
Coming in to the third, the Jackets needed to get going fast. They didn’t. They didn’t play terrible, but the puck control on offense just wasn’t there, and they lacked the necessary offensive pressure they needed to come back from a two goal deficit. The 4-2 lead held, and with just over three minutes to go in the game Columbus pulled Bobrovsky from the net. The empty net went well at the start, with the Jackets holding the puck in the offensive zone consistently. However, some wide-open ice and a mishandled puck by James Wisniewski lead to the Devils’ shorthanded goal and put the game away 5-2.
The Jackets didn’t come out with the performance that many fans had hoped, and certainly not the kind of performance that will propel them into the playoffs. They will look to rebound from this loss at home on Saturday against the Florida Panthers.
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