Post Battle #70 vs. the New York Islanders
March 18, 2017, 4:18 PM ET [1 Comments]
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Final Score: Blue Jackets 3 – Islanders 2
Hope everyone had a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. The Blue Jackets certainly did, they took plenty of shots. They put up 38 against the Islanders, and only conceded 22. They took it to the Isles but a strong goal-tending performance from Thomas Greiss kept them in the game and got them a point.
The Islanders jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead. Oliver Bjorkstrand tied the game up in the second with his sixth goal of the season.
Bjorkstrand has played 15 games since his recall and has been an absolute game changer. He’s added another element of skill to the team and as you can see on the he goal, he can create plays out of nothing.
It’s pretty remarkable what the Jackets rookies have been able to do. Werenski gets the attention and deservedly so, but the play of players like Bjorkstrand, Markus Nutivaara, Lukas Sedlak and Josh Anderson should not go unnoticed. Anderson has been really impressive since he came back from his injury. He was held pointless against the Flyers, in his first game back, but followed up with two points against the Panthers and scored again today.
It was only a matter of time before Anderson scored in the game. He was everywhere, and seemingly had an impact every shift. He finished the game with four shots and five hits.
As things would have it the game needed to be settled in overtime. In OT, the Jackets put on a pretty passing play finished off by Cam Atkinson.
Werenski’s pass here is simply ridiculous. How he was able to find Dubinsky and then hit him with a perfect tape to tape pass, it shows how fast he thinks the game. Dubinsky then waits out Greiss, pulls him out of position, and sets Atkinson up for the tap in. Werenski had two assists in the game bringing him to 46 points on the season and into second place on the Blue Jackets all-time defencemen scoring list. He is just five points back of James Wisniewski for first. Werenski is on a five game point streak with seven points in those games.