The second week of the regular season has come and gone in the hockey world, and for the Blue Jackets, success has followed. Last week, the Blue Jackets got their first victories of the season, against some of the league’s early success stories.
The Jacket’s first victory of the season came over the Buffalo Sabres, by the final score of 4-3 in overtime. The Jackets got on the board earlty with two first period goals by wingers Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson. For Bjorky, it was his first goals of the season. For Atkinson, he scored less than a minute later, capitalizing on the power play.
Buffalo chased the game from behind, with two second period goals. Offseason acquasitions Marcus Johansson and Collin Miller worked together to get Johansson’s first goal in the Buffalo unifroms. Last season’s breakout star, Jeff Skinner, broke down the ice to continue off last seasons successes and beat Jonas Korpisalo.
Nick Foligno used his captain leadership to get the lead back for his team.
Rookie sensation Victor Oloffsson brought the game back to even for his home Buffalo team.
Alexandre Texier got fed a wonderful corner pass from the captain to beat Linus Ullmark for the overtime winner, and Columbus’ first win of the regular season.
In a series of back-to-back games starting the Friday night, the Jackets were bested by the Western surprise of the season, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim by the final score of 2-1 in regulation.
Anaheim got on the board right away with goals from winger Jakob Silfverberg and defenseman Cam Fowler.
Columbus finally got a goal from Pierre-Luc Dubois in the second period against the Ducks.
But at the end of the day, Ryan Miller was the star of the game.
On the second night, Columbus upset the Jerks in their home building in their home building, so no big celebration. The Jackets ended Carolina’s hottest start in franchise history (5 wins, and now 1 loss thanks to Columbus). Defenseman Markus Nutivarra opened the scoring halfway through the first; however, Carolina’s first offseason acquisition Erik Haula continued his goal scoring tear, and former Jacket Ryan Dzingel added more points in his Carolina career. Dougie Hamilton extended the Canes’ lead early in the second; however, Oliver Bjorkstrand evend the game in 17 seconds.
Pierre-Luc Dubois capitalized with the game-winning goal a minute and a quarter into the third period with goals in back-to-back games for the franchise center.
In other news, center Liam Foudy is healthy, and has been loaned to the London Knights for the season. The Cleveland Monster lost their first two home games to the Syrcause Crunch; and prospects are playing in full swing all across the lead.
This week, Columbus has Dallas at home mid-week; and a back-to-back on Friday in Chicago and Saturday at home against the Islanders.