Well ... nothing serious happened yesterday, right? Nothing serious ... other that Sergei Bobrovsky was told to stay away from the team as he failed to meet team standards and culture. No big deal.
Other than that, nothing happened. Nick Foligno and Lukas Sedlak returned to the lineup. Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen left for injured reserve due to injuries sustained in the demolition against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.
With two points, pride, and a grip on third place in the Metro on the line ... could the Jackets hang on with their stud goaltender told to go away?
Boone Jenner lit the lamp first for the Blue Jackets as he buried a backhand past Pekka Rinne. Jenner’s 7th of the season was masterstroke of right place right time and taking advantage of a greasy opportunity, his true value to the team.
The first ended with the Jackets up 1-0 and, despite being shorthanded, controlling the pace of play.
Nothing happened in the way of goal scoring, despite both teams trading chances.
Joonas Korpisalo played great to keep the Jackets in the lead. For a player put in a tough spot, he was excellent.
The Jackets carried a 1-0 lead into the third period before Nick Bonino equalized the game for the Predators just 4:31 into the third.
With 13 minutes gone, the Jackets buried two goals in 11 seconds to extend the lead to 3-1 behind Artemi Panarin’s 14th of the season and Boone’s 8th (2nd of the night).
Bread with a power play beauty! pic.twitter.com/vRzUrOZMI0— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) January 11, 2019
Despite the sudden burst, Nashville came back with a fury to bury two goals in 38 seconds between 15:07 and 15:45 of the third to tie the game.
Depsite a fury of end to end action, regulation ended with the teams tied at 3-3.
After Artemi Panarin drew a tripping penalty, he was able to bury his second power play strike of the night (!!!!) for his game winning goal.
Columbus Blue Jackets 4 Nashville Predators 3 (OT)
Stick taps to Torts for his 600th career win. Such an incredible milestone.
Welcome back, 71. So happy Nick Foligno was able to return after the struggles he has faced with his family. Best wishes to Milana going forward.
Artemi Panarin is beautiful, god bless his talent.
Hopefully fans get more clarity on Sergei Bobrovsky going forward.
The team faces off in Washington Saturday night at 7:00 EST.