After an exciting overtime win last night, the Jackets returned to the rink 24 hours later to face the same opponent - the Dallas Stars.
I didn’t watch the game last night (perhaps why we did well?) but I was not treated to the same performance tonight - it wasn’t horrible, but there wasn’t much action!
It was a mild first period - there was a six-minute time frame where the whistle didn’t blow once, and everything was clipping along quickly and with no scoring to report. Of course, as soon as we all got lulled into a CBJ stupor, Joe Pavelski scored his fourteenth goal of the season on Joonas Korpisalo.
Pavelski has been a thorn in all of his opponents’ sides this season; he has twice as many goals as the second leading scorer on his team. Good for him, bad for us!
Nothing. Literally nothing. Zero goals on either side - there was a nifty little give-and-go chance between Max Domi and Cam Atkinson which nearly resulted in the Jackets’ first goal of the game. Domi is looking good! So much more relaxed than even a month ago. I hope he’s finally finding his groove - the Blue Jackets could really use him at full throttle.
Korpi had a fabulous save shortly after Domi and Cam’s attempt on goal - he saved one tough one, and the puck was passed across the goal by Dallas and he was fired on again, only to drop into the splits to make a great save. Korpi has been looking great; he just needs his offense to help him out.
Again, pretty calm at 1-0 for the greater part of the third period, until Zach Werenski fired in a bullet from near the blue line - goal CBJ! That’s Zach’s second big goal in as many days, as he scored the OT winning goal in yesterday’s game.
The momentum swung in favor of the Jackets for the remainder of the game, but they were unable to finish. Regulation ended in a 1-1 tie, thanks to Zach Werenski.
Neither team could capitalize in the OT period, so the game went to a shootout. Jack Roslovic, Patrik Laine, and Max Domi respectively go 0-3 on penalty shots. Alexander Radulov was able to finish on the third and final shot, earning the dub for Dallas and leaving the Jackets with one point, no win.
The Jackets travel to Raleigh to play the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, March 18 at 7 P.M. EST.