If the Blue Jackets felt a little more confident leaving Tampa, they’re heading back to Columbus (to face the Lightning) on a completely different vibe.
There wasn’t a lot of life from Columbus in this dull defeat.
Here are three things from the series finale at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.
It’s a lot of work for the Blue Jackets to score a goal. We aren’t surprising you with that assertion. But given chances to get back into a game, there are times when a team–struggling or not–must take advantage.
The first penalty of the game put the Blue Jackets on the power play late in the second period, a power play that would carry over (the bulk of it) into the third. There wasn’t much happening there, other than wondering if anyone realizes Patrik Laine on the left side of the ice, waiting to unleash his one-timer.
Again, their biggest weapon–Laine’s shot–wasn’t heard from when the Blue Jackets needed a goal. Something’s wrong there, right? He had two shots on goal, and the most dangerous look didn’t arrive until the dying moments of regulation with the goaltender pulled.
When things aren’t going well 5-on-5, either, you need a big moment like that power play to turn the game around.
GRIGS SHOWS OUT
There’s at least one bright spot from today, right?
Well, yes. But everything’s relative after another clunker in Florida.
Mikhail Grigorenko came to the NHL…