Columbus Blue Jackets

3 Takeaways: Blue Jackets Game 56

One. The Columbus Blue Jackets battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits to beat the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout, which has not been an easy feat for the Blue Jackets this season. The Ducks do not lose often in that situation either–they were 17-0-2 coming into tonight when they lead after two periods. With a 5-1-2 record in their last eight games and points in nine of 12, the Blue Jackets are slowly digging themselves out of the slump, and finding ways to overcome adversity.

Two. Brandon Saad became the first Blue Jacket to reach the 20-goal mark with his third period goal tonight. Three others–Cam Atkinson (18), Scott Hartnell (18) and Boone Jenner (17) are next in line. Saad is well within reach of his career-high 23 goals, which he set last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blue Jackets trusted him to come in and make a difference up front, and he is fulfilling his end of the bargain with the best production of his young career.

Three. Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno also answered back after spending time on the third and fourth line in the last few games. He had two assists for the first time since Dec. 29 and played 20:52. That is great news for the Blue Jackets, who have missed the on-ice leadership from their captain in the form of offense as of late.

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