Blue Jackets Lay Another Egg On Home Ice, Get Handled by Washington at Nationwide Arena

By Rob Mixer on December 8, 2018 at 9:39 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky defends against Lars Eller of the Washington Capitals during a game at Nationwide Arena.
Russell LaBounty – USA TODAY Sports

[tugs collar]

The Blue Jackets have got to figure out what's rotten about their game at Nationwide Arena.

For the second home game in a row, they were thoroughly throttled in front of their own fans and the locals let them know how they felt. Spoiler: they were not happy.

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Washington was roaring right from the get-go and the Blue Jackets looked as though they had no idea what was coming, and they cruised to a 4-0 win. The Capitals scored three times in the first period and the Blue Jackets helped them out with costly turnovers and coverage breakdowns, leading to 3-0 deficit after 20 merciful minutes.

And it didn't get much better from there.

Sergei Bobrovsky was lifted for Joonas Korpisalo after allowing three goals on 13 shots, but this was hardly a "performance pull" by John Tortorella. The Blue Jackets were guilty of some egregious mistakes and against arguably the league's most opportunistic (and skilled) team, those tend to end up in the back of your net.

Give Korpisalo credit – he did his best to give the Blue Jackets a chance, shutting the door on a handful of Capitals chances in the third period. At that rate, though, it was only a matter of time and Travis Boyd's first NHL goal midway through the final frame was enough to turn out the lights.

Injury Update

None to report for the Blue Jackets.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets continue a season-long six-game home stand with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Vancouver Canucks.

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