All season long, the Blue Jackets have been defying expectations. Tonight was just one more opportunity to do that. The Jackets beat the New York Islanders 7-0 Saturday, making them just the sixth team to win its first game after a bye week and giving Joonas Korpisalo his first NHL shut out.
"History in the league hasn't been too kind to teams coming off the bye week," Nick Foligno said. "(Tortorella) had a good talk with us before and said 'just go out and play.' Play hard and within our structure and make some plays. I think he allowed us to get our focus back."
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The Jackets came out of the gate hot and didn't let up for 60 minutes. Jack Johnson got the team on the board first with a heavy shot from the point. Boone Jenner and Nick Foligno followed suit, with Jenner scooping up a score off a Cam Atkinson rebound, and Foligno converting a pass from Alexander Wennberg that was expertly passed between Thomas Hickey's legs.
The first period ended with a 3-0 Jackets lead and signaled the completion of Islanders' Thomas Greiss night in net. Jean-Francois Berube played the final 40 minutes.
The second period was the Josh Anderson show. The 22-year-old capitalized on a feed from Boone Jenner to make it 4-0, and 13 minutes later, gained control of the puck after a neutral zone faceoff before placing a shot in the top left corner behind Berube to make it 5-0.