Over the corse of 39 games there are going to be some great performances and some stinkers. The Jackets best performances have come in low scoring affairs. On Friday, November 9th the team traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Caps for the first time all season. Behind a splendid performance from Sergei Bobrovsky and a power play that actually produced, the Jackets won 2-1 in regulation.
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Bob stopped every shot he faced at even strength only allowing a power play goal to Nicklas Backstrom in the second period. His 33 saves were enough as Oliver Bjorkstrand and Anthony Duclair scored on the power play.
Another great performance came against the Vegas Golden Knights on December 17th. The 1-0 victory was the Jackets first shutout of the season and came against one of the hottest teams in the league.
On the flip side when the Jackets try and keep up in shootout style games, they end up losing and pretty badly. The Jackets 6-9 loss against the Calgary Flames included a Cam Atkinson hat trick but an overall team performance they’d like to forget.
They’d also like to forget about the second half of their trip to California. The loss against the Kings will stick out in my mind for the rest of the year. The 4-1 loss included two Kings shorthanded goals in the third period that came one minute apart. The Jackets were 0-4 on the power play on top of that. It was a disgraceful performance that will go down as one of the worst games in recent history.