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What We Learned: LAK 3, CBJ 2 (OT)

Three key storylines from Tuesday's defeat at STAPLES Center

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

Saad's wrister opens the scoring

CBJ@LAK: Saad beats Budaj up high with wrister

Brandon Saad carries the puck in on a two-on-one and puts a wrister past Peter Budaj from the circle for his first goal of the year

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For as encouraged as the Blue Jackets were by their back-to-back wins over Chicago and Dallas, they'll be equally discouraged about letting Tuesday's game slip through their fingers.

They had a 2-1 lead late into the third period at STAPLES Center before the Kings tied the game with under six minutes left and then got an early overtime winner from Alec Martinez.

A brief synopsis: Brandon Saad scored his first goal of the season in the second period to open the scoring. Anze Kopitar tied the game later in the period, only to be answered by a Cam Atkinson power play goal a few minutes later.

Sergei Bobrovsky finished with 27 saves and had some strong moments, keeping the Blue Jackets in the game as the Kings pushed in the third period.

Here's the latest edition of What We Learned:

1. A lesson learned: John Tortorella has said it over and over - there will be bumps in the road with a young team. The Blue Jackets tried to make an aggressive play in overtime but it resulted in an odd-man rush for Los Angeles, eventually leading to Martinez's game-winner. Columbus' best stretch of the game was late in regulation and nearly had the go-ahead goal on a couple of occasions, but the Kings clamped down and got the game into sudden death. For now, the Blue Jackets will take the point and go on to San Jose, but they will certainly use this game as a reminder that they need to bear down and seal the deal in their next opportunity.

"I thought we regrouped after our first period when we were sluggish. I don't think we played hard enough in the first period," Tortorella said. "When we had the lead 2-1, I wish we had the puck more offensively. We didn't forecheck well enough, and they slip one by Bob and find a way to win in overtime."

2. Becoming their specialty: Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's early. Small sample size. All that is true, but it's also fact that the Blue Jackets boast some impressive power play and penalty killing numbers. We're five games in with all five against quality opponents, and here's where things stand - the power play has scored five times in 10 opportunities (50 percent), including the lead goal in the second period tonight. The penalty kill has been dented once in 17 tries, giving Columbus a 94.1 efficiency that's good enough for third-best in the NHL. Tortorella really likes what rookie defenseman Zach Werenski has brought to the power play, giving them a quarterback they've sorely needed.

Video: CBJ@LAK: Atkinson finishes pretty passing with PPG

3. Valuable contributions: When you think of players the Blue Jackets need to get going offensively, two guys on the list would be Nick Foligno and Alexander Wennberg. How fitting, then, that they've had two of the best offensive starts to the season for Columbus. Both players have five points in five games - tied for the team scoring lead with Werenski - and have done significant scoring damage on the power play (seven combined points between them). Foligno has made a home around the front of the net and scored a big power play goal in Friday night's win. Wennberg has also been shooting the puck more (nine shots on target) and centering an effective line between Saad and Foligno.

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