Post Battle #75 vs. the Buffalo Sabres
March 29, 2017, 12:03 PM ET [2 Comments]
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Final Score: Blue Jackets 3 – Sabres 1
For the third straight game the Jackets played poorly but were able to pick up points, thanks to the fantastic play of Sergei Bobrovsky. Over their last 10 games the Jackets have been above a 50% Corsi just three times, one of which was the 5-2 loss to the Jackets. They have had five games under 50% and and another two under 40%. This is one of the worst stretches of the season and is an alarming trend for a team entering the playoffs. You know things are bad when Buffalo puts up 40+ shots.
As Jackets have come to know however, Bobrovksy is the great equalizer. He's had to make 35+ saves in each of his last four starts. This is what Bobrovsky is here to do, but it’s not a great strategy to continually have your goalie bail you out game after game. Once in a while you expect your goalie to steal you a game, but not four games in a row like this. The problem arises when that goalie starts to dip, we’ve seen it this season with Carey Price and were seeing it right now with the Wild and Devan Dubnyk, when the goalie dips the team dips. The Jackets cannot afford to have a dip in the playoffs or it will be real short.
Kyle Quincey got the scoring underway with his first goal as a Jacket. He is fresh off of recording his first point as a Blue Jacket and now has points in back to back games.
Cam Atkinson scored what would be the eventual game winner. His 34th of the season came off of an incredible pass from Seth Jones.
Jones does everything on the play here. He takes the puck through the neutral zone, gets a controlled zone entry, and then with four players converging on him he holds his composure and gets the puck over to Atkinson who roofs it.
Brandon Saad added an empty netter late to seal it.