Columbus Blue Jackets: Power Play Comes Alive In Rare Win
The Columbus Blue Jackets got a rare win on Sunday, getting past the Colorado Avalanche in overtime thanks to a pair of power play goals. The Avalanche scored first and goaltender Semyon Varlamov kept the Blue Jackets off the board until early in the third period. Colmbus got a goal from Vinny Prospal to tie the game and send it in to overtime. It was Prospal’s eighth of the season as he continues to be one of the team’s top scoring threats despite being one of its oldest players.
The game-winning goal was scored by Artem Anisimov, who continues to impress since returning from a freak injury in a Feb. 21 game against the Detroit Red Wings. Anisimov fell awkwardly behind the net and Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey landed on his head. Since returning, Anisimov has two goals in two games and six for the season. The two power play goals were a bit surprising for a team that ranked 28th in the league on the man-advantage coming in to the game against Colorado.
Defenseman Nikita Nikitin left the game with an injury, and the Blue Jackets continue to be without James Wisniewski, Jack Johnson, Bradon Dubinsky, John Moore and Derick Brassard. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves to record his fourth win of the season and his first in almost two weeks. It was the third straight game Columbus has seen go to the extra period and their current streak of points in three straight games is a season-high. The win helped the Blue Jackets snap a four-game losing streak and they will host the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and the Red Wings this week.