Blue Jackets Down Avalanche and Begin To Show Signs of Potent Offense

By Sam Blazer on October 9, 2018 at 9:42 pm
Nick Foligno celebrates his opening goal of the game against the Colorado Avalanche

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The Columbus Blue Jackets will play a full game at some point, but strong efforts in the opening and closing frame carried them.

The first period looked like vintage Blue Jackets as Nick Foligno, and Pierre-Luc Dubois both scored goals.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 3 5
AVALANCHE 0 2 0 2

The goals were scored in the slot and were earned through hard work. Foligno's was due to finding a soft spot in the offensive zone and Dubois' was due to hard work in the slot on the power play.

The second period was all Colorado as Nathan Mackinnon put on a show. He dominated the game at times. Because of it, the Blue Jackets played on their heels. Carl Soderberg also scored in the frame, tying the game up going into the third period.

The final period was all Blue Jackets. Artemi Panarin found his way on the score sheet after great passing from Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara. Foligno scored again after a slick pass from Alex Wennberg, then in the closing moments of the game, Josh Anderson potted an empty-netter.

The Blue Jackets won't rest on their laurels, but the team put in a slightly above-average effort and dominated at points. Is that a good development or bad development for the team? Either way, it shows just how high the ceiling is for the team this season. On any given night they can show up and put on an absolute show.

Injury Update

Brandon Dubinsky is out for at least a month with a strained oblique muscle. Seth Jones is out for at least another few weeks with a knee injury.

Next Up

The Columbus Blue Jackets will play next on Thursday, Oct.11 at the Florida Panthers. The game time is 7 p.m. and it will be aired on Fox Sports Ohio.

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