Blue Jackets Come Alive For Five Third-Period Goals, Pick Up New Year's Eve Win at Nationwide Arena

By Rob Mixer on December 31, 2018 at 9:52 pm
The Blue Jackets celebrate a goal from defenseman Zach Werenski at Nationwide Arena.

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Well, how about that?

What a bizarre way to send off the 2018 portion of the Blue Jackets' schedule.

A sold-out crowd of 18,549 had little to get excited about for most of the game, but then the third period happened and it got, at least, watchable. The Blue Jackets scored five times in the third period, twice into an empty net, to improve to 23-13-3 with a 6-3 win.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 0 1 5 6
SENATORS 0 1 2 3

In a largely snooze-worthy 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Senators through 40 minutes, the Blue Jackets snapped out of it in the third period and tried to get out of their own way. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his first goal of the game early in the third to give Columbus a 2-1 lead, and added another later in the period to make it 3-1.

A lead fairly well-earned was gone pretty quickly.

Friendly fire off David Savard's skate made it 3-2, and then Ryan Dzingel was left all alone at the back post for his second of the game, pulling Ottawa into a 3-3 tie with 6:26 left.

Then it was Atkinson making a delightful pass to Werenski for his second of the game, the go-ahead goal and game-winner, with 2:01 to play. Atkinson and Josh Anderson added empty net goals in the final minute of regulation.

Injury Update

None to report. Captain Nick Foligno missed this game to be with his daughter Milana, who underwent a scheduled procedure in Boston. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets are back in action Friday night in Raleigh, where they'll take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m.

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