Offensive Execution Plagues the Blue Jackets, Who Stumble to a 4-1 Loss in St. Louis

By Rob Mixer on October 28, 2017 at 10:34 pm
Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson
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It was ugly out there tonight.

Both the Blue Jackets and Blues were playing their second game in as many nights, but as it often goes, the team that wakes up first usually likes the result.

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Tonight, it was the home team that started on the front foot. St. Louis skated and owned the puck in the first period, and if not for some quality goaltending from Joonas Korpisalo (making his third start of the season), the Blue Jackets may have been looking at a deficit larger than 1-0.

In the second period, the Blue Jackets had their chances to get back in the game. They were unable to cash in, and at the other end, the Blues added a goal from former Blue Jackets forward Scottie Upshall to make it a 2-0 game.

Columbus had a great chance to cut in the lead early in the third period, but David Savard made a last-ditch attempt to keep the play alive and it led to a 2-on-1 the other way. Joel Edmundson, usually a stay-at-home defenseman, led the rush and scored the Blues' third goal of the game.

Matt Calvert had himself a night, creating three shorthanded chances before getting the Blue Jackets on the board in the third period. Oliver Bjorkstrand found Calvert alone on the far side, and he roofed it over Allen to make it 3-1.

The Blues got their fourth goal minutes later on a goal-mouth scramble.

Injury Update

Cam Atkinson left the bench in the second period, returned, and then left again in the third period after taking a puck to the head. He appeared to be in some discomfort before finally heading back to the dressing room in the third.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets, who just completed a four-game home stand on Friday, return to Nationwide Arena on Monday night against the Boston Bruins. 

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