It finally happened.
The Columbus Blue Jackets finally snapped their five-game losing streak by taking down the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1. They finally had a large second period where three different players scored. It was needed and was an offensive explosion that they had been looking for.
Here are your three things:
Fans are back!
What can really be said here? As odd as it was, it was nice to see fans back in the stands in Nationwide Arena. The team seemed to be energized somewhat by it and with the boost, they were able to snap the losing streak.
Until the stands can be completely filled, the Blue Jackets and hockey won't feel the same. For now, let's just enjoy this tiny sense of normalcy.
Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno grabs the mic and addresses the crowd of 1,953 at Nationwide Arena: "It's great to see everyone healthy, and it's great to see you in this arena. We missed you, 5th Line." #CBJ— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) March 3, 2021
Red Wings, please
Nothing is better than winning. Any opportunity you get, you want to take advantage of and get into the winning column.
That is a big reason why the Blue Jackets were thanking their lucky stars they saw the cellar-dwelling Red Wings on the schedule. They have not been defensive juggernauts by any stretch and thankfully for the Blue Jackets, they were able to get back on track.
A shorthanded goal and a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets, it felt like they could do no wrong against the Red Wings. The type of game that will get every player a bit of confidence as they head into the next game.
This wasn't a game where the Blue Jackets scored their most goals of the entire season. This was just a game where they scored four goals. But if you've been following along this season, you know it happens seldomly. Especially after multiple games during their losing streak where goals weren't scored on a couple of occasions.
The types of goals were already mentioned but the fact that they were scored by multiple different players is huge. They need as many players as possible in a good rhythm if they want to make anything of the season. Werenski had two assists on the evening. Atkinson had two points, a goal, and an assist. It was also good to see Emil Bemstrom get a point for a great pass to Riley Nash.
Add this all to the fact that they outshot and out-attempted the Red Wings, this was an excellent night for the Blue Jackets.
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