After an embarrassment at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Columbus Blue Jackets travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to battle against their old central division foe in the Predators. The result? A 1-0 Victory.
In what may have been the game of the year the Jackets withstood an entire period’s worth of attacks to come back strong as ever in the final two periods. A 3rd period Columbus onslaught was the difference in the game as Artem Anisimov finally eluded Predator goalie Pekka Rinne on a backhand shot after driving hard to the net.
so, who gets the Union and Blue 3 stars?
Third Star: Artem Anisimov. Shoot, I mean ARTEM FREAKING ANISIMOV! Yes, all of the forwards played well (especially in the 3rd), but anybody who beats Rinne on a night like tonight deserves a star.
Second Star: Sergei BOBROVSKY. (Note: I didn’t capitalize Bobrovsky, my iPad autocorrected it. You read that right! My iPad is a Blue Jackets fan!) Bobrovsky with the shutout? 9/10 he would get the first star. And he was superior tonight. But the real heroes of the game belongs to…
First Star: The Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman! I usually think these kinds of things are a cop out, but how could you that they don’t deserve the first star? With Fedor Tyutin, Ryan Murray, and Nikita Nikitin all out, I was expecting the worst. (A Blackhawks beat down reassures it), but we saw the exact opposite in Nashville.
I’m not routing the cup parade per se, but a shut out after you lose 3 of your top defenseman? That’s impressive. Columbus still has an uphill battle to climb to make the playoffs. I’ve come to terms with that. But it’s a battle they’re capable of joining and conquering.