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Game 22 Quick Takes: Blue Jackets 3 Avalanche 2

A strong start, followed by four minutes of sloppy play, set up a testy third period, with Columbus prevailing.

Columbus Blue Jackets v Colorado Avalanche Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

What Happened

The Blue Jackets came out strong once again, establishing a 2 - 0 advantage after one, and carried the play for most of the second period. However, a brief interlude of sloppiness allowed the Avalanche to tie the game, leaving it to the third period for the decision. Again, the Blue Jackets dominated much of the play, but ended up relying on

The Highlights

Brandon Saad continued his strong play, abetted by usual suspects Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg. Scott Hartnell was very visible, and the defense largely played responsibly. Brandon Dubinsky and Boone Jenner were tenacious when it counted. A 37 - 20 advantage in SOG.

The Lowlights

Lukas Sedlak still finds himself not able to hit the ocean from the beach, whiffing on a few prime chances. Sergei Bobrovsky was too casual in regaining position prior to the Av's second goal, but redeemed himself in the 3rd. A face-off winning percentage of just 26% allowed Colorado to stay in the game.

The Bottom Line

This one won't hang in a museum, but it's another two points. Columbus takes 3 of 4 possible points in the season series, and heads to Arizona