Three Things From The Blue Jackets' 4-2 Win Over The Oilers: Terrific Daniil Tarasov, Mathieu Olivier Provides Spark, and Alex Nylander Stays Hot

By Coby Maeir on March 8, 2024 at 8:25 am
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Daniil Tarasov (40) makes a glove save as Edmonton Oilers center Zach Hyman (18) looks for a rebound during the third period at Nationwide Arena.
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On Thursday, the Blue Jackets improved to 22-31-10 with a 4-2 win over the red-hot Edmonton Oilers.

The club has now won three of its last four games and six of its last 10. 

Here are three things from Thursday's game:

Terrific Daniil Tarasov

Tarasov was fantastic on Thursday, stopping 29 of 31 shots. After the game, Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent said Tarasov took a puck to the neck during morning skate and had to spend part of the day at the doctor's and had trouble moving his head. However, he told Vincent that he wanted to play. 

In his last five starts, Tarasov is 3-2-0 with a .929SV%. 

Mathieu Olivier Provides A Spark

Olivier had quite the first period, scoring the opening goal at 6:20 and winning a fight against Sam Carrick that fired up the crowd at 9:16.

Olivier is up to 3-4--7 in 35 games this season. 

Alex Nylander Stays Hot

With his goal last night, Nylander tied Antoine Vermette's record for most goals in a player's first seven games as a Jacket with five, per

His 5-2--7 through seven games has been a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jackets, and he's certainly making the most of his opportunity. He and Cole Sillinger have formed a dynamic duo that has been exciting to watch recently. 

How much longer can he keep this up?

Next Up

The Blue Jackets are back at it on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio when they host the Nashville Predators.

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