Close but no Cigar.
Until the third period.
After a very good game last night played in Nationwide, the Columbus Blue Jackets left the ice in defeat. The New York Islanders shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets by a final score of 4-0.
For the Islanders, Nikolay Kulemin Thomas Hickey, Cal Clutterbuck, and John Tavares scored. Nikolay's goal came off poor defensive coverage from Dalton Prout. Hickey's goal came off poor passing by the Jackets' defensemen at the blue line. Cluttrrbuck's goal was well defended by Fedor Tyutin, but Curtis McElhinney was too deep in his net to defend the shot. Tavares' goal was an empty-netter. Jaroslav Halak stopped all 37 shots against him.
For the Columbus Blue Jackets, they were in these game until the end. Frustration kicked in for Columbus after failing to score on four power plays in the third period (and six the entire game). There were plenty of chances, but Halak was a wall last night. Curtis McElhinney stopped 25 of 28 shots against (0.893 save percentage).
From the things I said to watch, I said to watch Alex Wennberg and Brock Nelson last night. Wennberg looked really good playing with Brandon Saad, and had some chances on the power play to set up a goal. As for Nelson, he had a couple minor penalties in the third, giving the Jackets power play time.
CBJ Three Stars of the Night
1. Alex Wennberg- returned to lineup
2. Scott Hartnell- fight against Johnny Boychuk
3. Curtis McElhinney- stopped 25 of 28 shots against him.
The road trip begins. More to come...