Thomas Greiss Shuts Out Columbus for the Second Straight Time, Blue Jackets Fall 2-0 to Islanders

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Dzingel (19) skates with the puck while being defended by New York Islanders right wing Leo Komarov (47) and defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) during the first period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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The Blue Jackets hit three posts, but couldn't find the back of the net.

The New York Islanders have the best defense in the National Hockey League, and it was on display tonight as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 tonight in a game where the Blue Jackets will feel like they deserved a different result.

Despite peppering Thomas Greiss with 31 shots and generating 14 high-danger chances, the Blue Jackets could not solve the New York goaltender. It's Greiss's second straight shut out against Columbus.

  1 2 3 F
BLUE JACKETS 0 0 0 0
NY ISLANDERS 1 0 1 2

The Islanders got it going quickly, with a Ryan Pulock slapshot making it 1-0 6 minutes and 11 seconds into the first period.

The Blue Jackets made several strong pushes throughout the rest of the game, but were unable to pot the tying goal.

Anders Lee made it 2-0 late in the third period with an empty netter, winning the puck off of a turnover in the neutral zone and making no mistake.

Despite the loss, Sergei Bobrovsky played well and saved 18 of 19 shots, including some that were highlight-reel worthy.

Injury Update

Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner missed tonight's game with an illness, and defenseman Ryan Murray remains out of the lineup due to an upper body injury. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will take on the Boston Bruins in Columbus tomorrow night at 7:00pm. 

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