Blue Jackets Fall Apart in Last Five Minutes and Gift a Game to the Vancouver Canucks

By Paul Berthelot on December 11, 2018 at 9:45 pm
Boone Jenner on a breakaway against Jacob Markstrom

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Only 1:18.

Vancouver scored two goals in 1:18 late in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit, and the Blue Jackets found a new way to let down their fans at home. 

After getting embarrassed on Saturday night a much better effort and game was needed. At puck drop they were ready. 

The top line set the tone for the game with a great opening shift. Everyone was involved, Pierre-Luc Dubois threw a hit causing a turnover, Cam Atkinson held the puck in at the line, got it over to Artemi Panarin who gave it to Seth Jones, and the Blue Jackets had a 1-0 lead under a minute into the game.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 1 0 1 2
Canucks 0 0 3 3

The Blue Jackets are a far better team than the Canucks, and they showed it, making this loss that much more agonizing. The Blue Jackets were taking advantage of the Canucks youth and inexperience, creating turnovers and getting a ton of chances. 

The Jackets had a 36-25 shot advantage but were only able to muster up two goals, as Jacob Markstrom was outstanding in net. He was the reason the Canucks were able to pull out this win. 

At the other end, this was a less than ideal game from Joonas Korpisalo. He was fine for the majority of the game, but right when the team needed him the most he let them down. You can't fault him for the redirect goal, but the third goal is entirely his fault. A no angle soft wrist shot should not go in at any level. 

Vancouver has some talented players, but this was a game where the Blue Jackets had to take care of business. When you face a bottom team, at home, you have to win those games, and the Blue Jackets couldn't do it. 

Injury Update

Josh Anderson had a nasty spill into the goalpost during the second period. He suffered an upper-body injury and did not return to the game. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets continue this home stand as they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to Nationwide Arena for their only appearance of the season. That game goes Thursday at 7 p.m.

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