Well, that was a game that happened.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights (or lowlights) that got us there.
Despite several attempts by both sides to give away the first goal of the game, not much happened of note in this period.
(This may or may not be true, but there certainly wasn’t any scoring.)
Hoooooboy, they had some cowboys in here.
To start with, how about this...and (sort of) on the power play, no less?
Of course the Senators scored to tie things back up almost immediately, but let’s no talk about that when we can talk about this:
this goal gave us the 2-1 lead pic.twitter.com/rDCZXSVBHS— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 30, 2017
Oh, and Markus Hannikainen? He did a little fancy footwork of his own:
Markus Hannikainen breaks his stick and delivers the shift of a lifetime: pic.twitter.com/efevmU2myA— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) December 30, 2017
And how did the hockey gods award this display of virtuosity?
Yes, the Jackets had themselves a 3-1 lead and things were looking great!
Sergei Bobrovsky accidentally redirects the puck into his own net and Nick Paul scores! pic.twitter.com/oTUDZC3llZ— NHL Daily 365 (@NHLDaily365) December 30, 2017
Let’s just say he wants that one back, and then one Jack Johnson turnover later...
grrrrr. tie game. 3-3.— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 30, 2017
grrrrr indeed, old chums.
With things all tied back up, both the Jackets and Senators were looking for a hero.
Would they get one? Maybe...
Mark Stone’s goal gave Ottawa their first lead of the hockey game, and the Jackets needed to respond, right?
And yet here we are.
If you listened carefully, you could hear the sound of thousands of TVs clicking over to the Cotton Bowl.
They didn’t really miss much.
But just when things looked completely done...
Still, with less than 30 seconds left there wasn’t much time to find that tying goal, even with Bobrovsky out of the net - and they did not.
This marks Columbus’ 5th straight road loss, and the second straight game where they blew a 2 goal lead. A game that Ottawa won, but Columbus most certainly lost, as well.
Oh, and they get to go home and face the league leading Lightning next? Great. Just...that’s so great.