Three Things: Fast Start, Costly Turnovers, and Fantilli's Low Ice Time

By Coby Maeir on November 9, 2023 at 10:26 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Kirill Marchenko (86) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Stars shined bright.

After taking a 2-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game, the Blue Jackets conceded five unanswered goals in their 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

The Jackets dropped their second-straight game and are now 4-6-3. 

Fast Start

After allowing three goals in the game's opening 6:51 against the Panthers, the Blue Jackets started strong, scoring at 1:08 and 8:43 of the first period. Boone Jenner opened the scoring with his team-leading seventh goal thanks to a pretty play from his linemates Jack Roslovic and Johnny Gaudreau before Adam Fantilli's cross-ice feed found Kirill Marchenko on a two-on-one to double the lead. 

Costly Mistakes

The Stars scored three goals in the second period, and two of them were completely preventable. On the game-tying goal, Zach Werenski had a poorly-timed pinch leading to a two-on-one, and Jake Bean's turnover as the Jackets were about to enter the offensive zone led to a Matt Duchene breakaway tally. 

Low TOI For Fantilli

For just the second time this season, Fantilli played fewer than 12 minutes (11:52). According to, he registered a 1.44 game score, which was second among Blue Jackets players. Only Dmitri Voronkov and Mathieu Olivier played fewer minutes among Blue Jackets skaters than Fantilli did. 

Will the Jackets bounce back against the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday?

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