Three Things: Two Streaks Come to an End in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-1 Loss to the Colorado Avalanche

By Max Steele on February 8, 2020 at 9:48 pm
Feb 8, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) reacts as he is unable to stop the game-winning goal by Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (not pictured) in the third period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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The Columbus Blue Jackets have had wonderful results as of late, but all good things must come to an end.  With their 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, the Blue Jackets ended their amazing 10-game stretch that involved collecting 19 points and shutting out 5 opponents.

We discuss the end of this incredible streak, and much more, on tonight's Three Things:


Oh, a regulation loss?  Haven't seen you in a while.

The Columbus Blue Jackets' 10-game point streak came to an end tonight with the 2-1 loss.  It's the team's first regulation loss since January 9th against the San Jose Sharks and the first regulation loss to a team not from San Jose since December 7th.

Despite the loss, the Blue Jackets must look at the streak as a great stretch of play that has established them in the Stanley Cup Playoff race, not only as a wild card but as a possible divisional challenger.


Elvis Merzlikins' shut out streak ended in tonight's game after 8 periods and over 171 minutes of play.  Despite the disappointing end to the scoreless spell, Merzlikins had several impressive saves and delivered big moments when the occasion called.  It isn't surprising that the Colorado Avalanche were able to solve Merzlikins as they have the number one offense in the NHL, sporting a 3.69 goals-per-game average.   

Jones wouldn't be gone long, however, as he took the ice with the team in the second period.  He'd do more than just return to the game, too.  Jones, fighting through obvious pain, scored the game's first goal on a Blue Jackets' power play.  He'd continue to play regular minutes on the top pair with Zach Werenski, finishing with 23:35 of ice time.

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