Columbus Blue Jackets Keep Streaking, Edge Closer To Playoff Spot

By Jonathan Katje
Blue Jackets Artem Anisimov
Russell LaBounty – USA TODAY Sports

The improbable run of the Columbus Blue Jackets continued on Friday night, as a 5-1 defeat of the Calgary Flames extended the team’s points streak to 12 games. As his been the case with many of the wins for Columbus in the past month, this one took a full team effort and showcased the depth the Blue Jackets use to make up for their lack of star power.

Sergei Bobrovsky was solid in net once again, making 24 saves. He wasn’t tested as often as he has been recently, but he did what he had to do to keep his team in the game. The Blue Jackets got a goal from Artem Anisimov (his seventh of the season) but the rest of their scoring came from unlikely sources. The current streak has been helped along by the single-game performances of “unsung heroes,” and on Friday night it was Nick Foligno filling that role. Foligno had two goals and now has five on the year. Jared Boll also score, and Colton Gillies got his first goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets will be tested by some of the Western Conference’s better teams in the next week, and they will need to see a continued solid effort from Bobrovsky and more scoring from their role players. It was nice to see the Blue Jackets get a win without a huge contribution from leading scorer Vinny Prospal, as this year’s team has done some amazing things regardless of whether or not they make the playoffs.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL blogger for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JKatje or add him to you network on Google.

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