Columbus Blue Jackets

3 Takeaways: Blue Jackets Game 53

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One. The Columbus Blue Jackets won their first game beyond regulation for the first time since Jan. 2 with tonight’s 2-1 shootout win, and they improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games. The Jackets also moved to a 4-5 record when they play beyond regulation. Despite the surge as of late, though, the Blue Jackets remain in last place overall in the league with 45 points, but they are starting to trend in the right direction.

 

Two. Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell extended his hot streak with a power play goal tonight, bringing his total to four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games. Head coach John Tortorella has credited Hartnell as an example of hard work that he wants his teammates to follow, and his four game point-scoring streak has resulted in a 3-1-0 record for the Blue Jackets in those four games.

 

Three. This track has been on repeat for awhile, but it is again worth noting that rookie goaltender Joonas Korpisalo continues to shine in goal for the Blue Jackets. Tuesday’s game in Edmonton was his first NHL loss in a game he started, and Korpisalo bounced back with a combined 37 saves in regulation and overtime tonight. He is now 5-1-1 in his last seven NHL starts. With Korpisalo on top of his job, the Blue Jackets now just have to start finding the back of the net more often.

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