Three Things: Joonas Korpisalo Dominates, Oliver Bjorkstrand Dazzles, and The Power Play Shows Up

By Jacob Nitzberg on January 29, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Jan 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) gets control of the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period at United Center.
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It's been a good last couple of days for the Blue Jackets.

After beating the Panthers in a shootout last night, they beat the Blackhawks tonight in regulation on the second leg of a back-to-back. Joonas Korpisalo was excellent in net, Oliver Bjorkstrand provided a goal and an assist, and the power play showed up when they needed it.

Here are tonight's three things.


John Tortorella has acknowledged that he'll keep rotating his goalies, and it's seen results so far. After Merzlikins dominated in the shootout last night, Korpisalo came in tonight and stopped 31 out of 32 shots. 

The Finnish netminder has been nothing short of outstanding this season. He hasn't skipped a beat since his outstanding postseason last summer. 


Oliver Bjorkstrand put on a show tonight. He notched a power-play goal in the first period and an assist in the second. His goal was an absolute missile that gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead.

In the second, he found a streaking Eric Robinson and Robinson made no mistake. The speedy forward's finish would end up being the game-winning goal. 


For the second straight game, the Blue Jackets scored a power-play goal. Last night, it was Max Domi doing the honors. Tonight, Bjorkstrand provided the finish.

After starting 1-19, the Blue Jackets' power play is 2-5 over their last two games. The best part about it? They have yet to add Patrik Laine to that group. Once Laine is injected into the lineup, expect the power play percentage to spike.