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FINAL: Islanders 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT)

Columbus extends point streak to four games behind goals from Jenner, Jones

by Jeff Svoboda @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

Columbus extended its point streak to four games with a 3-2 loss against the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena.  

Game in a Paragraph 

The Blue Jackets fell into a one-goal hole twice in the opening two periods, only to respond to tie the game each time. Columbus buzzed for the go-ahead goal in the third but it never came, necessitating overtime for a second straight night despite a 80-52 edge for the CBJ in shot attempts in regulation. The Isles then won it 33 seconds into overtime on a goal from Brock Nelson.

Video: CBJ Recap: Jones, Jenner score in OT loss to Isles

Quote of the Game

Head coach John Tortorella: "There's no question (we played well enough to win). But who gives a (crap) about that? These are points that are so important. We have gotten in (the playoffs) the past couple of years I think as the second wild card (because of) our overtime record. These are points that we can't have a blown coverage (in OT)." 

CBJ Notables 

  • Seth Jones scored his first goal of the season, giving him 40 in his career, tying him with teammates David Savard and Zach Werenski for second all-time in goals by CBJ defensemen.  
  • Boone Jenner scored his first goal of the year, giving him 200 points in his Blue Jackets career.  
  • Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves and has a .926 save percentage in his last four games.

Quick Recap 

The Islanders held a 2-1 lead after a period, and it could have been more as Oliver Wahlstrom hit the post less than two minutes in and a number of other weird bounces almost amounted to disaster for the Blue Jackets. 

But it was 2-1, and the Isles got on the board first 8:25 into the game on an unassisted goal by Mathew Barzal. A clearing attempt by the Islanders bounced over Zach Werenski's stick at the blue line, and Barzel picked it up with speed, bore down on Korpisalo and put a shot between his legs from short range. 

Columbus tied it at 12:07 as Jones got on the board off a nice feed from Sonny Milano. The diagonal pass from low on the right to the top of the left circle gave Jones time, and his wristed went over Thomas Greiss' glove to tie the score at 1. 

The Islanders then took the lead at 16:32 of the period. Anthony Beauvillier's shot tied up Korpisalo, and the Islanders forward tapped the rebound across the crease for the onrushing Michael Dal Colle to tap in to make it 2-1.  

Columbus came out for the second strongly, with Jones and Cam Atkinson getting early chances and the Blue Jackets putting holding an 11-0 edge in shots on goal eight minutes into the period. The tying goal didn't come, though, until 2:14 remained in the period, as Greiss spilled a shot by Dean Kukan and Jenner was in the right spot to put home the rebound.  

The momentum carried right on to the third as Columbus had nine shot attempts in the first 2:28 of the period and a number of near goals. Among the notable misses was a floating shot by Atkinson that got by Greiss' blocker and hit the post, a pair of saves by the Isles' goalie in tight on Atkinson, and a try by Jenner that got behind Greiss before the netminder dove back and swiped it off the line.  

New York had the puck the entire overtime and won it, as Nick Leddy had a great chance, got the puck back and fed Brock Nelson across the crease for the game-winning finish.

3 Takeaways

1. The biggest frustration of Tortorella postgame came from the team's breakdown in overtime. First, Leddy got behind the defense for a great look that Korpisalo fought off, but the Blue Jackets couldn't clear the zone and the Islanders got it back for the winner. On the play, Atkinson curled out of the zone after the initial stop, anticipating a breakout pass, but the Jackets never truly got possession and were outnumbered down low leading up to the winner. "We can't have a guy leaving the zone before we have control of the puck tonight, and it ends up in the back of the net," Tortorella said. "It's frustrating for me when we play the absolute right way all night long here being above the puck and then we end up with a blown coverage and some cheating and it ends up in the back of our net. It's a huge point that goes by the boards again."

2. The Islanders pestered the Blue Jackets in the teams' four meetings last year, capturing the first three by a combined 8-2 score with a pair of shutouts. Columbus came back to win the season finale 4-0, but NY's hyper-defensive style proved difficult all year for Columbus to handle. Saturday night, the Blue Jackets did fairly well, owning possession all night and creating chance after chance in the offensive zone. "They have been playing this way ever since (head coach Barry) Trotz came in," Jones said. "They've changed up their whole game to very defensive and clogging it up in the neutral zone, and they really want to force turnovers against you. I thought we did a good job of playing quick tonight."

3. Yet it's the second consecutive night Columbus left the game feeling like the better team but losing in overtime. The difference each time is that the Blue Jackets were unable to convert their scoring chances into goals. This time around, part of it was that the Islanders clog shooting lanes -- the visitors blocked a fairly ludicrous 33 shots -- and part of it is just bad luck, like Atkinson hitting the post in the third or Greiss somehow pulling a shot off the line shortly thereafter. Columbus has to be encouraged by its overall play, but at some point the goals will have to come. "Yesterday was kind of the same game maybe," Kukan said. "Today we even pressured harder. We just have to score those goals and I think we'll be fine."

Notable 

Jenner is the seventh Blue Jacket to reach 200 career points with the team. … All three CBJ defensemen with 40 career goals -- Jones, Werenski and Savard -- are just one behind Rostislav Klesla for the Blue Jackets all-time record for defensemen. … The Blue Jackets moved to 2-0-2 when entering the third period tied. ... The Blue Jackets lost only thrice last year in 3-on-3 overtime but are now 1-2 this year. ... Columbus had the only power play of the game, going 0-for-1. It is just the 11th time in franchise history the team didn't commit a penalty. ... Columbus has played in six straight one-goal games. … The Islanders placed forward Jordan Eberle on injured reserve Saturday and recalled Cole Bardreau, a New York native who made his NHL debut. … The game served as First Responders Night in Nationwide Arena, with local law enforcement officers recognized throughout the game.  

Roster Report 

Kukan went into the lineup in place of the injured Ryan Murray (upper body, day-to-day) while Scott Harrington also was scratched among defensemen. Markus Hannikainen remained the healthy scratch among forwards.  

Up Next 

Columbus makes its first trip north of the border this season for a game Monday night at Toronto.  

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