Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella wanted his team to play better after a poor effort on Tuesday against Buffalo, and he got that for the most part tonight, but he certainly won't be any happier with the result.
For the fourth game in a row – including both since the end of the All-Star break – the Columbus Blue Jackets walk away with a regulation loss, dropping tonight's game by a final score of 4-3.
Artemi Panarin and Seth Jones each had two-point nights, and Oliver Bjorkstrand found the score sheet with a goal of his own, but two third-period goals for the Jets were too much to overcome.
Columbus native Jack Roslovic scored on the power play 8:47 into the game's final frame to tie it up for Winnipeg, and Kyle Connor put it away with just over a minute to go.
Once again, some defensive lapses did the Blue Jackets in tonight. On the first goal in particular, a huge mental lapse by Anthony Duclair gave the Jets a prime opportunity, and they cashed in. Duclair didn't play for the rest of the night, logging just 0:24 of ice time in the game.
Cam Atkinson took a puck to the face during warm-ups and was replaced in the lineup by Mark Letestu. Also, the team announced today that Boone Jenner is out for the next 1-3 weeks with an infected laceration on his ankle.
The Blue Jackets return home for a Saturday matchup with the St. Louis Blues, then head back out west for a matchup with the Colorado Avalanche.
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