Cam Atkinson's Late Heroics Steal a Huge Win for the Blue Jackets in Vegas

By Rob Mixer on February 10, 2019 at 12:39 am
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky makes a breakaway save on Vegas Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch.

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How about that?

Cam Atkinson's season is all the evidence you need to know he's capable of doing something like that.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 1 1 2 4
GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2 0 1 3

"That" would be changing the course of a game in less than three minutes. Atkinson tied the game on a partial breakaway with five minutes left, and then the game-winner on the power play with two-plus minutes to go. 

The Blue Jackets swept all three games on this western trip and head home with plenty of momentum and sit third place in the Metropolitan Division.

You knew this game would start with plenty of pace, and it didn't disappoint.

Playing their first game at T-Mobile Arena in what felt like ages, the Golden Knights were ready to go – though it was the Blue Jackets who scored first. Josh Anderson got his stick on a Seth Jones point shot only 4:04 into the game, quieting a raucous sold-out crowd before Vegas came back with goals from Nate Schmidt and Jon Merrill to take a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Sergei Bobrovsky had himself a night, too; he made four excellent saves in the first period as the Blue Jackets just repeatedly turned the puck over in bad areas, and kept this game close. In the second period, Artemi Panarin buried a Marc-Andre Fleury misplay into an open net to pull Columbus even, 2-2, late in the frame. Bobrovsky was again clutch early in the third period to set the table for Atkinson's late heroics.

Injury Update

Brandon Dubinsky missed tonight's game having returned to Columbus.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets return home to face the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena.

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