Three Things: Blue Jackets Can't Hold On To a Lead and Continue to Struggle in Overtime

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm
Mar 4, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Peeke (2) and Calgary Flames left wing Milan Lucic (17) battle for the puck during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome.
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This one stings.

The Blue Jackets were heading to a 2-0 shutout of the Flames and a great start to the road trip, then they fell apart. The Flames scored twice in the last eight minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime, where the Blue Jackets (you guessed it) lost.

At least they got a point.

Let's get into three things from a disappointing night.

Shore Gets His First

The Blue Jackets started strongly, and their efforts were rewarded when Devin Shore notched his first goal as a member of the Blue Jackets.

Here's to many more.


Now, let's get into the not-so-fun stuff. Zach Werenski was on the ice for all three of the Flames' goals, and he had a helping hand in two of them. 

With the Blue Jackets clinging to a 2-0 lead in the third period, Werenski turned the puck over behind his own net, trying to start the breakout himself rather than playing it around the boards. The Flames capitalized, and that was all the momentum they needed.

Then, with under two minutes remaining, the Flames pulled their goaltender and were pushing hard for the tying goal. A hopeful shot from Matthew Tkachuk deflected in off of Werenski and tied the game at 2.

Not his best night.

OT Woes Continue

If you want to cover your eyes every time the Blue Jackets go to overtime, I don't blame you. With their overtime loss tonight, the Blue Jackets now have 15 overtime losses this season — that's tied for a franchise record. It seems likely they'll break it before the season is over. 

They're 8-11 in overtime, and 0-4 in shootouts. If they were even just average in those (we'll say 9-10 and 2-2), they'd be in a much more comfortable spot in the standings.

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