Three Things: Jackets Break The Record, Voracek Moves To Number Two, The Story Of Their Season

By Dan Greene on April 29, 2022 at 10:29 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Cole Sillinger and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel chase the puck during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 5-1.
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The Columbus Blue Jackets went out on the road for their final game of the 2021-22 season. They came into this one with a record of 37-37-7. Therefore, they were looking to go out on a high note by securing a winning record with a victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

Though it was not meant to be, as Columbus was overpowered by Pittsburgh on their way to a 5-3 defeat.

However, even with this being a loss, there were a few bright spots. Let's look at some of them as we get into the three things from this game.

Jackets Break The Record

The Blue Jackets were on pace to break the record for the most goals scored in a season, in franchise history, but they needed two goals in this game to achieve the feat.

They were able to score three as they set the new franchise mark at 258 goals scored in one season.

Voracek Moves To Number Two

Jake Voracek had an assist on each of the last two goals scored by his team. This put him at 56 assists for the season, moving him from third to second on the all-time, single-season, assists leaders list for the Blue Jackets. He moved just ahead of Artemi Panarin's 2017-18 total of 55 assists. 

The Story Of Their Season

Once again, in what has felt like a theme for this season, Columbus was playing from a deficit. They fell behind 3-0 in the first seven minutes of the first period as the club removed backup goaltender J-F Berube and turned to Elvis Merzlikins to help lead the charge as they attempted to pull off the come-from-behind victory.

The Blue Jackets were looking to secure their 24th comeback win of the season, though this would have been the first time this year that they were able to come back from being down three or more goals. In keeping with the trend, this was yet again too much for them as their rally fell short ending in a 5-3 loss.

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