Columbus Blue Jackets Get Big Win Thanks To Balanced Offense
The Columbus Blue Jackets got a big win over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, their second win in the last five games. Both of those wins came with Steve Mason in net as the former Calder Trophy winner continues to play better than Sergei Bobrovsky.
Six different players scored goals for the Blue Jackets and three of them got their first goals of the season. Columbus scored twice on the power play, netted three goals from their defense and saw one of their rookies get his first NHL goal.
Brandon Dubinksy got his first goal of the season in the first period, which should help relieve some pressure for the first-year Blue Jacket. Dubinsky came over from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash trade and had only registered five assists in 13 games prior to Sunday night.
The Blue Jackets defense had a great night on the offensive end as James Wisniewski, Nikita Nikitin and Cody Goloubef all scored. Goloubef’s goal was his first in the NHL and the game against the Sharks was only the fifth appearance of his career. Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu added late goals, and by the time the final buzzer sounded, only four Columbus players finished the night without a point. The Sharks have now lost five straight games (two in shootouts) after starting the season by winning their first seven games.
Getting everyone involved offensively will be key to the Blue Jackets’ success the rest of the season, especially since they now appear to have a bit of a goaltender controversy brewing. Columbus isn’t considered a playoff contender this season, but they sure played like one last night.