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The Full 60: Blue Jackets learning ugly wins are just as pretty

It was a little rough around the edges, but the Jackets still set a new franchise mark with 14 points after the first 10 games.

by Brian Hedger @JacketsInsider / BlueJackets.com

 

There wasn't a lot of flow, aside from the hair protruding from Sonny Milano's helmet.

There were some pretty lavender jerseys during warmups for Hockey Fights Cancer Night, and a lot of whistles.

There were penalties galore (10 to be exact), and there were just as many power plays - including six for the Winnipeg Jets, who went 0-for-6 thanks to a record-setting Columbus penalty-killing effort.

As far as hockey games go, the Blue Jacket's 2-1 overtime win wasn't exactly a work of art. Still, it was some kind of art. Call it modern art, because, why not?

It was just one of those nights for the Blue Jackets, who were outskated and fell behind aearly, and fought the rest of the game to get it back. It could've turned out much differently, but the Blue Jackets refused to let it happen, despite their youth.

They waited out the Jets, stayed patient and then were rewarded in overtime.

Here's how it went down:

 

First Twenty


Goals: WPG - Brandon Tanev (unassisted), 4:52; CBJ - None

Shots: Jets 12, Blue Jackets 10

Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Blue Jackets 63.6% (21-12), Jets 36.4% (12-21)

The rundown:

4:52 - These kinds of goals are getting to be commonplace around here. Wednesday night, it was Jackets forward Matt Calvert who got rewarded with a goal off a loose puck that trickled through the goalie's pads. This time, it was Tanev doing it to give the Jets a quick 1-0 lead.

After picking off an attempted exit pass by Jack Johnson, Tanev fired a wrist shot that slipped between Sergei Bobrovsky's pads. It stopped in the blue paint behind him, but Tanev followed his own shot and knocked it into the net. It was a big swing for Winnipeg, when combined with a big save by Steve Mason less than a minute earlier to deny Artemi Panarin on a half breakaway.

9:18 - The Jackets needed a spark. They got off to a slow start, getting outshot 11-2 and trailing 1-0 when defenseman Zach Werenski was sent to the penalty box for hooking at 8:38. During the ensuing Jets power play, defenseman David Savard made a great play to knock the puck away from Winnipeg's Patrik Laine, one of the NHL's most dangerous scorers, and it led to a shorthanded mini-break for Calvert.

His wrist shot from the right wing was deflected into the safety netting behind Mason, but that sequence helped the Jackets get on track. They killed off the penalty, and had the next six shots on goal.

7:26 - Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said reiterated before the game that he's not going to tolerate forward lines that go stale. Despite being comfortable with the lines combinations he started this game with, Tortorella began shaking everything up again, after the Jackets' poor start. The first signs of life were thanks to a line comprised of Panarin, Alexander Wennberg and Oliver Bjorkstrand, who held the puck in the Winnipeg zone for more than 90 seconds.

They had four shot attempts and two shots on net, both by Wennberg and both stopped by Mason. Despite no goals being score, it set the tone for the rest of the period. The Jackets outshot the Jets 8-1 over the final 10:38 of the period.

13:44 - Brandon Dubinsky got called for roughing Bryan Little. It gave the Jets a power play. More specifically, it was their third power play of the game, and there were will six-plus minutes left in the first period.

Once again, though, the Blue Jackets' penalty-kill units prevailed. They killed it off, just as they thwarted the first two, and bumped Columbus up to 13-for-13 while shorthanded on home ice.

QUOTE: "I tried to commit to it, but it's the game of hockey. I can't sit here and say my lines in Game 9 or Game 10 are going to be the same in Game 20. That is just not the way the game's played. It's such a game of different flows. I don't know I don't where a team's going to be." - Tortorella, pregame, talking about his propensity of changing lines within a game.

Second Twenty

 

Goals: WPG - None; CBJ - None

Shots: Blue Jackets 13, Jets 7

Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Blue Jackets 50% (11-11), Jets 50% (11-11)

The rundown:

1:52 - It didn't take long for the Blue Jackets to make it 14-for-14 in home penalty kills. Dubinsky picked up his second straight penalty, this time for interference, and Columbus was again forced to play a man short. The Jets only got off two shot attempts and put one shot on goal, with Bobrovsky making the save against Dustin Byfuglien's slap shot from 87 feet away.

4:14 - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … Cam Atkinson … tripping, sliding and somehow shooting? Yep.

Atkinson gets the "A For Effort Award", after catching his skates in the ice and falling when it looked like he would get a mini breakaway. Somehow, he still maintained control of the puck, sliding toward the Winnipeg net, and even got off a nice, reclining wrist shot Mason had to save.

Dubinsky created the play moments after getting out of the penalty box. He grabbed the puck in the neutral zone, and slid a nice pass to Atkinson.

7:50 - After four Jets power plays, it was the Blue Jacket's turn to play with the man-advantage. Shawn Matthias interfered with Wennberg, who was all over the ice in this game. Columbus put three shots on goal, but Mason snuffed them out. The Blue Jackets also got a second power play less than a minute later, but couldn't score on that one either.

15:27 - Another Blue Jackets penalty resulted in another Blue Jackets penalty kill. This time, it was a bench minor for too many men on the ice. This time, Columbus didn't allow a single shot to get to Bobrovsky. This time, the Jackets pushed their success rate to 5-for-5 and 15-for-15 on home ice - and there was one more to come.

The Jackets are playing with fire taking this many penalties, of course, but 100 percent is 100 percent. They went to the locker room for the second intermission trailing only 1-0, knowing all it would take it one goal to even the score.

QUOTE: "They have a very skilled lineup, especially their power play, so I thought we had a mindset where we were just going to attack and really give them nothing. We did that, and they really didn't have any opportunities [to score]." - Atkinson on the Blue Jackets' penalty-kill success.

Final Twenty


Goals: WPG - None; CBJ - Cam Atkinson (Seth Jones), 10:23


Shots: Blue Jackets 12, Jets 9
Shot-Attempts percentage (Corsi 5v5): Blue Jackets 51.4% (18-17), Jets 48.6% (17-18)

 

The rundown:

 

3:23 - No surprise. Another penalty, and another power play - this time for the Blue Jackets. Another two minutes slipped into history without a power-play goal for Columbus, though, despite Zach Werenski taking a big one-timer from the left wing. It was stopped by Mason, who also made a save against a slap shot by Panarin to keep the Jets up 1-0. Winnipeg came into the game ranked 26th overall in penalty-killing (75.9 percent), but improved to 78.8 percent (22nd) after going 4-for-4 in this game.

 

7:00 - Scary moment. Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner saw Jets center mark Scheifele with the puck along the boards in the Columbus zone. Jenner, who's friends with Scheifele, slid over to deliver a hit. Their right knees collided during the play, but only Scheifele dropped to the ice in pain. He was able to shake it off and stayed in the game. Jenner was unaffected by it.

 

10:23 - We have a boom. Atkinson stayed on his feet this time, glided into the low slot and spotted the puck off Seth Jones' blocked shot. He whacked it through Mason's pads with a big backhand, and just like that the game was tied 1-1 on Atkinson's first goal in three games - fourth of the season. Great play by Jones, who got an assist for holding the puck in the Jets' zone at the right point and getting off the shot that led to the loose puck.

 

17:51 - Scheifele not only stayed in the game, but had a chance to be the hero for Winnipeg. He got an uncontested look from the low slot with 2:09 left in regulation. His shot went low and hard to the left side, and Bobrovsky just got his pad on it. It was the first of two great stops the Russian goalie made late in regulation and then in OT.

 

Another Five


Goals: WPG - None; CBJ - Josh Anderson (unassisted), 2:38

Shots: Blue Jackets 2, Jets 2
 

Overall shots: Blue Jackets 37, Jets 30

Overall Corsi: Blue Jackets 55.6% (50-40), Jets 44.4% (40-50)

The rundown:

2:01 - Winnipeg's Bryan Little won the opening draw, and the Jets got set up in the Jackets' zone right off the hop. It led to Winnipeg's only two shots of 3-on-3 OT, including Wheeler's uncontested shot from the doorstep - which Bobrovsky sprawled, lunged and snagged with his glove to keep the game going.

"Huge save," Tortorella said.

2:38 - It was big Josh time. The Jackets finally got their own time in the offensive zone, and Anderson made it pay off. He tipped a shot, got to the puck and missed the net with an attempt and then scooped the puck up again to wheel and score the game-winner from between the circles.

It was the Blue Jackets' third overtime win in as many opportunities, and it was Anderson's way of honoring his grandfather in Oakville, Ont., who has battled colon cancer for seven years.

"I said to myself before the third period that it'd be nice to get one for him," Anderson said. "I was just thinking about him and getting the goal for him tonight. It was really special."

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