Blue Jackets Bounce Back With Solid Effort In 1-0 Win Over Vegas Golden Knights

By Rob Mixer on December 17, 2018 at 9:33 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Lukas Sedlak drives the net against Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban at Nationwide Arena.

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Vegas, Columbus. Of course, a goaltending duel!

Sergei Bobrovsky and Malcolm Subban went toe-to-toe throughout one of the more entertaining 1-0 games we've seen in a while. It was fast, fun, and if not for the men between the pipes, may have been a barn-burner.

Nick Foligno's go-ahead goal 40 seconds into the third period stood as the game-winner, and Bobrovsky did the rest with a 28-save shutout (his first of the season). In his 800th NHL game, Foligno scored the deciding goal in front of 15,004 at Nationwide Arena.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 0 0 1 0
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 0 0 0

With one game left on this home stand, the Blue Jackets might have a little momentum with a 2-0-1 clip over the last three.

As you'd expect in a game against the Golden Knights, the pace was high right from the outset – even with Vegas playing the second end of a back-to-back.

The Blue Jackets were certainly up for it and carried large portions of 5-on-5 play, particularly in the second period. Though they entered the third period in a 0-0 tie, Columbus upped the tempo and generated a handful of high-danger chances that were turned away by Subban.

Injury Update

Artemi Panarin was a late scratch from tonight's game due to a lower body injury. Anthony Duclair slotted in for Panarin, and played most of the game on the Blue Jackets' top line.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets conclude this six-game home stand Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, a 7 p.m. start at Nationwide Arena.

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