Coming off three great wins in a row, the Jackets would have expected a better result than the 6-1 defeat they were handed. From the start Chicago just had a step on Columbus. Even with the Blackhawks scored six goals 3 were of the “well what a deflection” variety. Taking nothing away from Chicago because they handled Columbus very easily. Columbus had plenty of decent chances, a few were stopped by Corey Crawford. The rest were blown opportunities.
In the first period Columbus did a decent job containing the Blackhawks pressure. After a questionable goal by Brandon Bollig, the jackets fought back and leveled it up. However shortly after the tying goal the ice began to tilt heavily in Chicago’s favor. To end the game Chicago scored 5 unanswered goals.
The biggest story coming into the matchup was the debut of the newest Blue Jackets Matt Frattin and Nick Schultz. Neither of them made any big plays, however Nick Schultz almost scored on his first ever shift with Columbus. Schultz had 15:27 ice time. Matt Frattin ended up with 13:17.
On a positive note for Columbus Ryan Johansen got back in the goal column with a goal mid way through the first
period. After quite a lull in scoring the Jackets will gladly welcome back on the “Dangle Bus” as some of the #CBJFamily of twitter calls it. Boone Jenner also looked pretty good continuing his physical play. Jenner has been getting under opponents skin since his first ever game in the NHL.
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