Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Good Effort, A Decent Outcome

Korpisalo looked good tonight.
The Blue Jackets lost at the Boston Bruins tonight in a shootout, 3-2.  The CBJ played well, containing a hot Boston power play, and answering when Boston made the big push in the second period.  A lot of positives to take away from tonight's game, while maintaining our advantageous draft position.  This is big experience for our rookies, and they seemed to show well when playing against a powerful team.

After playing the Bruins to a 0-0 draw in the first period, the Bruins came out flying, and knocked the young Jackets back on their heels, scoring two quick goals.  The Jackets stiffened, and caught a bit of luck when Dalton Prout beat Gustavsson short side for a quick goal to make it 2-1.  The Jackets fended off the responding push by Boston, and then pushed back themselves, with a confident shot by Falk getting tipped in by Kerby Rychel for his second goal of the year.  That tied the game, which is where it stayed through the third period and overtime.

Boston managed to score twice in the shoot out, while Gustavsson stiffened, and denied the CBJ to decide the game.  Korpisalo played very well in this game, and played well enough to win.  Gustavsson stopped a lot of prime chances in overtime, it's hard to say who deserved it more.  At the end of the day, the CBJ walk away with a point.

No angst about tonight's game.  It is what it is.  Seth Jones made at least two incredible saves at the point on the power play.  In the past, those go back up the ice.  The CBJ did not capitalize on his plays, but that will come in time.  Jones is a heck of an athlete, and an excellent defenseman.  His future is quite bright.

We jump to a home and home against Montreal on Monday and Tuesday, with the home game in Columbus on Monday.  That should be a lot of fun.


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