If you believe in a thing called karma than whether you have discovered it yet or not, you love the game of hockey. Because if there is one place karma always comes calling for equalizing payback, it’s the ice.
On Saturday night in Minnesota, karma and sheer determination returned overdue sentiments to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-1 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild. Both teams continue their push for the playoffs with an added point but the Jackets move along with the extra point, which is something these two know the value of all too well, especially against each other.
After last season’s final game Columbus entered the playoff standings tied with Minnesota for the final wild card spot. But due to the Wild’s higher number in the actual win column, Minnesota was the team to advance in the post season while the Blue Jackets went on an earlier-than-desired vacation.
A sense of payback was in the air at Xcel Energy Center tonight as the Blue Jackets took a mid-game lead off of Dalton Prout‘s first goal of the season, only for Jason Pominville to return the favor a few minutes later in a 1-1 deadlock that continued to the end of 60 minutes and an overtime period.
As fate would have it, the extra point of the game would be decided by the “hockey gods” themselves, aka the war room in Toronto, when at first glance it seemed Columbus’ Ryan Johansen double-shot the puck to find the back of the net on a potential game winner. Upon further review, from even the most innocent of bystanders in the arena, it became clear that Johansen did not go for the double take, he just knows how to trick a goalie into making the first move.
Johansen’s nifty goal lifts the Blue Jackets to second place in the Metropolitan Division and keeps them holding onto a solid playoff spot, for the time being.
And although all the necessary components that factor into winning a game this tight are the technical reasons behind Columbus’ big win, for believers in a little thing called hockey karma, that old debt may finally be settled as well.