Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Werenski Wins it in Overtime

Nice OT Goal
Zach Werenski took the pass from Alexander Wennberg on his right side, with his momentum going right.  Gibson, the Anaheim goal tender thought he would continue going to the right, and looked around his defenseman to that side.  Werenski made an instantaneous, slick, sick move back to his left, shot the puck and buried it.  Gibson kicked his leg out as the puck was going by, but too late, and the Blue Jackets took a 3-2 overtime win against Anaheim to take the season series against the Ducks 4 points to 1 point.

The Jackets came into the game in high gear, out skating the Ducks, and quickly got a goal after Hartnell charged the net and took a great shot, that Gibson somehow stopped (unbelievable play by the goalie), but Boone Jenner punched in the rebound for his first goal of the year.  Shortly thereafter, Ryan Murray skated down low to the bottom of the circle, and passed back to Brandon Saad, who bore down and lasered a goal into the net for the quick 2 - 0 lead, and Carlyle called his time out.  After that, the Ducks started clogging the passing lanes, and the Jackets offensive push slowly withered.

Over the next 2 and a half periods the Ducks managed to get 2 goals on a weird re-direct that short-hopped Bobrovsky, breaking his 4 period shut out against the Ducks, and another goal that was generated by a misplayed puck behind the net by Bob.  So it goes.  He played well to keep the Jackets in the game.  That was all the scoring, the game went to overtime, and Werenski won it.

Two really good points to get tonight, to keep pace in the east.  We gave up a point to a team in the west that we could care less about, and Tortorella has a number of coaching points available to work on.  It's safe to say that the Jackets did not play a 60 minute game tonight.  On the other hand, they didn't really play that well for most of the game, but still came out with the win.  They will be needing a much better performance against the Bruins tomorrow night.

Slick goal by Werenski, super sweet pass from Wennberg.  There is a lot to like about that!


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