The Columbus Blue Jackets played much better than they had been lately, as they finally got a win.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have been in a slump as of late, and it’s become more noticeable as they went through a five game losing streak. Luckily though, they were able to break it last night as they beat the Colorado Avalanche who are led by former Cleveland Monsters coach Jared Bednar.
Oliver Bjorkstrand started the scoring less than a minute into the game, Pierre-Luc Dubois would add one later in the first period, which would end 2-2. Cam Atkinson would score in the second period, which would also end in a tie, this time 3-3.
The Blue Jackets dominated the third period though, as Josh Anderson would give the team the lead. Then unexpectedly, Alexander Wennberg scored his second of the season on the power play. The game would be iced by Pierre-Luc Dubois scoring an empty-net goal with roughly two minutes left.
This win was huge for the Blue Jackets, as it leaves them one point behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third divisional playoff spot, with a game in hand, which would be much more secure than the second wild card spot.
This Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes will be a must-win for the Columbus Blue Jackets as they cannot afford to lose more games without stringing together some wins in the middle.
The Metropolitan division is one of the toughest in the NHL, and with Sergei Bobrovsky still struggling this season, it makes it that much tougher for the Blue Jackets. They have 30 more games, and even if they were to go .500 for the rest of the season, odds are they wouldn’t have enough points to make it to the playoffs.
They need a winning record for the last half of the season, a mission which doesn’t seem likely to this point.