Sometimes, you need an ugly win.
The Blue Jackets have been searching for something – anything – to jump-start their season. Coming in to St. Louis after back-to-back 4-1 losses on home ice, they needed a completely different type of effort against a sputtering Blues team with similarly lofty expectations.
While it started ominously for the Blue Jackets, they grabbed hold of it and turned the game around.
Seven Blue Jackets had multi-point efforts, and they were led by Boone Jenner, Anthony Duclair and Artemi Panarin, who heavily factored into the team's largest offensive output of the young season in a 7-4 win at Enterprise Center. Jenner and Duclair each scored twice and Panarin added three assists, including a pair of wondrous set-ups in the third period to Josh Anderson and Seth Jones. Jones' goal, which made it 7-3 early in the third period, was his first goal of the season in his second game back.
In goal, Joonas Korpisalo had a strong night. He made 33 saves including a handful of key stops in the second and third period as the Blue Jackets became a bit ragged with a big lead. He's certainly making a strong case for more playing time, as we outlined in The Fuse on Thursday morning and improved his record to 3-0-0.
The defense was involved, too; Zach Werenski, Ryan Murray and Scott Harrington each chipped in a pair of assists in the win. The Blue Jackets are 5-4-0 and headed home to Nationwide Arena.
According to FOX Sports Ohio's Jody Shelley, injured center Brandon Dubinsky has skated on his own in full equipment this week as he recovers from a strained oblique suffered Oct. 7.
The Blue Jackets return home to Nationwide Arena to face the Buffalo Sabres, a Saturday night