On Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets traveled south to take on the Florida Panthers in the first of a three game road trip. The Panthers had been disappointing to open the season, struggling despite their youth to a 4-6-1 record. The Panthers have struggled to do anything remotely resembling stopping the puck, including giving up 8 goals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Florida opened the game on the front foot, bossing Columbus all over the ice and eventually taking a 1-0 lead behind a goal from Mark Pysyk. Two Josh Anderson goals eventually drew the CBJ into the lead after 20 minutes as he was the only Jacket razor sharp to open this one.
A McCoshen goal. A Hannikainen goal. A shorthanded goal by Vincent Trocheck. A power play and even strength goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand. A scuffle that saw Brandon Dubinsky assessed a bunch of penalty minutes. A 5-3 lead for Columbus after 40.
Goals from Tyler Motte and Boone Jenner brought this one home.
Columbus Blue Jackets 7 Florida Panthers 3