The Blue Jackets' Nightmare Third Period in Philadelphia Was Anything But Joonas Korpisalo's Fault

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm
Oct 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Kevin Hayes (13) scores a short-handed goal past Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center.
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The Blue Jackets' franchise record for goals allowed in one period is six.

Unfortunately, they almost tied that dubious mark on Saturday night in Philadelphia. Two goals from Boone Jenner and another from Pierre-Luc Dubois meant that the Blue Jackets were nursing a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.

A Josh Anderson insurance goal made it 4-2 with just 2:15 gone in the third period. However, this was not a comfortable 4-2 lead, as anyone watching the game would tell you. The Flyers registered 18 shots on goal in the second period, including two breakaways. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 17 of the 18. There was a big push coming in the third, and the Blue Jackets couldn't withstand it. 

Man, did the wheels fall off in a hurry. The Flyers scored five goals in the last 9:08 of the game. Shane Gostisbehere took a slapshot that was the beneficiary of a wicked deflection, making the score 4-3. 

The next goal the Flyers scored came off of a pass into the middle of the ice. David Savard was unable to move James van Riemsdyk out of the crease, and all van Riemsdyk had to do was tip the puck into the back of the net. Once again, Korpisalo was unable to do anything. Tie game.

The Blue Jackets got a great opportunity to regain the lead with a power play late in the third period. Instead of converting, they allowed a shorthanded breakaway goal to culminate an 0-5 night on the power play. A bad giveaway from Cam Atkinson, who has been almost anonymous through the club's first eleven games, sprung Kevin Hayes and he made no mistake. Currently, the Blue Jackets sit at 25th in the NHL with an 11.4% rate on the power play. Not exactly ideal. 

An empty net goal made it 6-4 Flyers, and they weren't done yet. They got a power play opportunity, and the Blue Jackets didn't rotate with the puck quickly enough. Konecny got an easy look at the goal, and made no mistake.

While the stats say that Korpisalo allowed four goals in the third period, the fingers shouldn't be pointed at him. It's clear that the play of those around him was more to blame.