Blue Jackets Dominate Devils During Sunday Matinee, Go Into Holiday Break On High Note

By Sam Blazer on December 23, 2018 at 3:19 pm
Cam Atkinson celebrates after scoring a goal in the first period against the New Jersey Devils.

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What else can you say about Sergei Bobrovsky?

When Bobrovsky is on, there is no one better. It cannot be any more evident that he is in the zone right now. Two shutouts in one week, this is a good time for the Columbus Blue Jackets to get hot.

It doesn't hurt that the Blue Jackets have had some great offense along the way.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 2 1 0 3
DEVILS 0 0 0 0

In the first period, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored the goals making sure that balance remained. The top line has been scoring, but if the depth can find its way, the Blue Jackets will be lethal.

Both were set up by great passing plays and almost immediately took the New Jersey Devils out of the game.

The second period saw Artemi Panarin go on a mini-breakaway all by himself. He tossed a backhand on net that beat Keith Kinkaid. It was too easy for the Devils liking, and goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood was brought into the game.

The story of the third period was a five-on-three that the Blue Jackets were able to kill thanks to Bobrovsky and great work from the penalty killers.

The Blue Jackets were badly outshot, but it didn't make a lick of difference with Bobrovsky in net. It never hurts when your best player is your goaltender. It makes the game that much easier.

Injury Update

The Blue Jackets skated at full strength with no injuries to report.

Next Up

The Columbus Blue Jackets will come back after the holiday break on Thursday to face-off against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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