The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a rough start to the shortened 2013 National Hockey League season and needed something positive to happen. Columbus found something positive in the play of Artem Anisimov, who scored twice as the Blue Jackets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 and improved to 3-5-1 on the season. While that record isn’t great, it is at least a start for a Columbus team trying to rebuild their organization.
Anisimov is leading the team in goals with four now for the year and along with a strong performance in goal by Steve Mason, Columbus is inching closer to the .500 mark. Columbus plays in a very difficult Central Division and finding wins inside the division will be hard all season long. I’m sure that Columbus will take any win that they can get in the early going now that the quarter pole of the regular season is already growing close.
Mason gave Sergei Bobrovsky the night off and performed very well, stopping 32 Detroit shots. With 48 games being played in 99 days, Mason is going to find himself in net even more than he usually would during a normal regular season and finally gained some confidence by getting his first win of the season. After nine games, the two goalies has each played at least four times so it is possible that each could wind up playing 24 games apiece for Columbus this season. I guess it may be up to players like Anisimov and Mason to keep Columbus afloat for this season at least.