You're going to have nights like these.
The Blue Jackets have been consistent and fortunate enough that, 12 games into their season, each of those was a close game. Of course, no team sits around waiting for its first "ugh" game, but it was bound to happen sooner or later.
And when it happens, it's best to remember what it feels like and that you never want it to happen again.
Oddly enough, Columbus opened the scoring in this game and it felt as though the visitors were on their way to another solid performance away from Nationwide Arena. But it quickly spiraled out of control after Torey Krug tied it up for Boston; the Bruins scored four goals in a span of 4:01 midway through the first period, spelling an early end to Sergei Bobrovsky's night.
Here's what we learned:
1. Not Bob's fault: Bobrovsky has been phenomenal for the Blue Jackets in the early going and his start tonight was No. 12 out of 13 games so far this season. The work load has been heavy but he's been equal to the task, keeping his team in games in which they didn't play well and making key saves when needed. Tonight, he didn't receive any help. The breakdowns and turnovers were numerous and some of them were downright bizarre, further evidence to this being a weird evening on all fronts at TD Garden.
Video: CBJ@BOS: Gagner picks up an odd goal off the faceoff
2. When it's not your night: The Blue Jackets hope this performance is only an aberration, and based on how they've played on many nights thus far, odds are that's the case. But odds don't excuse what was easily their sloppiest game of the 13; we haven't yet seen them turn pucks over with such regularity. The Bruins gained a lot of speed through the neutral zone in this game and used it to their advantage on the forecheck, as well, forcing the Blue Jackets into mistakes and then capitalizing on them.
"A lot of it was unforced turnovers," coach John Tortorella said. "We (had) self-inflicted wounds...Boston locked it down."
3. Four minutes to forget: If it seems like the Blue Jackets have played with the lead a lot this season, it's because that's the case. When they've trailed in games or had the tide start to turn against them, they've been able to buckle down and fight their way back. Unfortunately, the dam broke in the first period and it was the difference in the game. Four goals from the Bruins in 4:01 turned a 1-0 Blue Jackets lead into a 4-1 deficit after the first period. It was an uncharacteristic sequence from a team that's been pretty solid defensively and played several one-goal games.