Blue Jackets Rally For a Huge Point, But Canucks Prevail in Overtime in Western Canada Trip Finale

By Rob Mixer on March 31, 2018 at 6:50 pm
Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg
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Some points feel better than others.

The Blue Jackets will head back to Columbus tonight feeling fortunate with a point, giving them five of six on this three-game swing through western Canada.

They trailed 4-1 deep into regulation today at Rogers Arena, but summoned something within themselves to rally for a late tie. They scored three times in a 2:37 span to turn a 4-1 deficit into a 4-4 tie, but Alex Edler scored the game-winner in overtime to give Vancouver the extra point.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 1 0 3 0 4
CANUCKS 0 2 2 1 5

Should they be happy with a point? Sure. But they didn't play well enough for long enough to deserve anything in this game, and it starts with Joonas Korpisalo starting the game in the first place.

He struggled, but his teammates picked him up. Artemi Panarin had four assists and led the comeback charge, while Cam Atkinson scored the equalizer and Seth Jones was a horse on the back end. 

The Blue Jackets are 44-29-6 (94 points) and closing in on a playoff berth, but they will not be happy with how this game played out. 

Injury Update

Markus Nutivaara left this game in the second period with an upper body injury and did not return, leaving the Blue Jackets with five defensemen for the second half.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena to face the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.

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