The Columbus Blue Jackets are in a great spot right now, and they know it. Before this game started, they were in third place in the Metropolitan Division, and they are making a solid playoff push.
They came out in the first period with a bang, trying to get a jump on a San Jose Sharks team that is unquestionably good. Although the period had some sloppy moments, the Jackets kept their composure. Only 5 minutes in, Ryan Johansen scored off of a wrist shot after a pass by Boone Jenner.
The partially sloppy play shown in the first period by Columbus was mostly gone in the second. The team kept the legs moving, drew penalties and continued to play all over the Sharks for the entire period.
After killing off a short 5-on-3 disadvantage, R.J. Umberger shot out of the penalty box like a rocket. Brandon Dubinsky made a perfect pass right to him for a breakaway shorthanded goal.
Hats off to the great play of James Wisniewski in the 2nd period. He had an active stick in both zones, and made a huge save in front of Bobrovsky, which probably stopped a goal.
The Blue Jackets went into the 2nd intermission leading 2-1.
The tables turned early in the third period, as San Jose scored a goal by Matt Nieto, and then a power play goal by Patrick Marleau. The Sharks were up 3-2 early in the third, and the Jackets had a hole to dig themselves out of.
With less than 5 minutes left in the game, James Wizniewski fired a laser from top circle and scored on Alex Stalock, tying up the game 3-3.
A scoreless period of overtime, took this game to a shootout. After only 3 shots each, the Jackets fall in the shootout to the Sharks.
My 3 Stars:
1. James Wisniewski
2. R.J. Umberger
3. Ryan Johansen