The Columbus Blue Jackets took the ice Saturday night looking for their seventh straight game with a point. Extending that streak would mean the Jackets crawled above .500, but they would have to do it facing a multitude of injuries, most recently including Cam Atkinson (out until after Christmas with a lower body injury).
The New Jersey Devils, meanwhile, gave Gilles Senn his first career start in net. Facing an opponent with no experience, the Jackets had to take advantage.
Here’s what happened.
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the first period. Bjorkstrand now has five goals in his last four games.
Before the period ended, Will Butcher cut the lead to 2-1. New Jersey was in the game.
Vladislav Gavrikov scored the lone goal as the Jackets took control.
A shorthanded goal by Zach Werenski and a shorthanded goal by Gus Nyquist saw this one out with little fanfare.
Columbus Blue Jackets 5 New Jersey Devils 1
The Jackets face off against the New York Islanders on the island. Faceoff is Monday at 7:00 EST.