One. Tonight’s game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs started as though both teams were looking to tank, but the Blue Jackets’ Brandons (Saad and Dubinsky) both broke through in the second period with two goals off Toronto turnovers.
They continued the onslaught with three goals in a 4:07 span and won 5-1. Matt Calvert led the way with three points (one goal, two assists). Meanwhile, with tonight’s loss, the Maple Leafs landed in 30th place in the NHL and need two points or fewer in their next two games to keep that spot. Staying in 30th would give them the highest shot at No. 1 draft pick Auston Matthews, but the Blue Jackets will also have a chance, as they are expected to finish in the bottom four. Tune in April 30 to see who wins the lottery.
Two. Blue Jackets rookie Oliver Bjorkstrand extended his point streak to three games (two goals, two assists) with a goal and assist tonight. It was his second multi-point game in his young NHL career with just 11 games played. The dynamic forward is making a strong case to be with the Blue Jackets next season, as he has seen ample power play time and has consistently been on the team’s second and third lines. Even if he is not with the main club at the start of next season, get used to hearing Bjorkstrand’s name. He has a bright future ahead of him.
Three. Congratulations are in order for Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who became the team’s all-time wins leader with his 97th victory in union blue. It took him a few games to break the tie with current Flyers goaltender Steve Mason, but he stopped 26 of 27 shots and earned the “famous” post-game hug from Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno. It was a nice milestone to reach this season, considering he missed 35 games this season with a groin injury.