Columbus Blue Jackets

3 Takeaways: Blue Jackets Game 57

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One. For the first time in four games, the Columbus Blue Jackets found themselves with the game’s first goal thanks to forward Boone Jenner’s 18th tally of the season. It was the team’s strongest first period in a while, as they outshot the Ottawa Senators 14-6 and won 67 percent of the draws (16-8). The defense was led by David Savard, who returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with an oblique injury. He played a team-leading 7:57 in the first period including 0:58 on the penalty kill alongside defensive partner Jack Johnson.

Two. Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones has somewhat unexpectedly become an offensive weapon since he was sent to Columbus in the Nashville Predators trade for Ryan Johansen. Jones had two assists tonight and now has seven points (all assists) and is plus-6 in his last eight home games, all while solidly defending the blue line.

Three. Like head coach John Tortorella mentioned this morning, how the Blue Jackets play at home is crucial to their identity as a team, and they showed what opponents can expect again tonight: a physical, hard-fought game. With tonight’s 4-2 regulation win, the Blue Jackets improved to 7-3-2 in their last 12 home games and 11-5-5 in their last 21. Not bad after beginning the season 0-6-0 at home.

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