CBJ vs. VAN began with intense, fast-paced, end-to-end play. An early penalty against Columbus ensued and the following power play would result in the Canucks taking advantage of their opportunity with Bo Horvat scoring a redirection goal that silenced the crowd. This theme would continue as a failure for the Jackets to get out of their zone led to another redirection goal, this time by Elias Pettersson.
The Jackets didn’t let this haunt them though. A persistent attack near Vancouver’s goal line led to a CBJ goal from Kevin Stenlund. This ignited the crowd and there was life at Nationwide Arena again.
From this point on the Blue Jackets would control the puck and zone the majority of the rest of the period.
With less than two minutes in the period, the Blue Jackets would take a high sticking penalty that produced multiple scoring opportunities for Vancouver but the period still ended the same.
Score: 2-1 VAN
Despite being dominated later in the first period the Canucks would start the second period well with a one-timer goal from J.T Miller. This was the result of hard work along the boards and that is always a good sign for any team.
Even with this discouragement, the fans stayed in the game and were clearly all in.
Columbus would shoot themselves in the foot yet again with another penalty, this time from David Savard for slashing. The Jackets were able to kill this one off though, keeping it a close.
Tensions running high all game finally resulted in a long-lived, pre-faceoff fight between Zach MacEwen and Stefan Matteau.
Score: 3-1 VAN
The Canucks, now with a two-goal lead, made it incredibly difficult for the CBJ to exit their zone and because of this burned several minutes off the clock, precious time Columbus didn’t have to spare. To this point, the Blue Jackets’ biggest problem was that VAN’s defense was keeping them from the scoring chances they had back in the first period. In spite of bad defensive moments during the game, in the third period, Columbus would do its job defensively by limiting Vancouver to far-out shots.
CBJ went to work with the little time they had. The Blue Jackets, given an odd-man rush opportunity, was all they needed to get right back into this game with Riley Nash scoring on an easy shot right in front of the net. The momentum then shifted to Columbus as they received a power play and soon after scored, tying the game 3-3.
As if one penalty kill weren’t enough, VAN added insult to injury with another penalty late in the third for tripping. One last mistake, one last embarrassing goal for the Vancouver Canucks. The death blow for what should have been victory less than 20 minutes earlier.
Finally, the game ended with an empty netter being potted for CBJ.
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