The Columbus Blue Jackets (3-3-2) have extended their point streak to four games, but not in the most encouraging way, thanks to a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders (5-3-0) on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena.
The last Blue Jackets contest without a point was just over a week ago in a 2-1 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks. They currently sit in fifth place in the Metropolitan Division.
For the seventh time in nine games this season, the opposing team scored the first goal of the game. This came at the hand of Mathew Barzal for his fourth of the year. Columbus responded less than four minutes later as Seth Jones put in his first of the season thanks to fourth-liners Jakob Lilja and Sonny Milano.
The rest of the period saw back-and-forth play, with the next strike coming from the Islanders' Michael Dal Colle at the 16:32 mark. More than 20 minutes of play would go by until Boone Jenner did his normal Boone Jenner act and knocked in a rebound to tie the score at 2 as the second period was winding down.
Similar to Friday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks, tonight's matchup seemed to be one where it was a race to three goals. Why is that third goal so important, other than the obvious? Last season, Columbus was 40-4-1 when scoring three or more goals, and are already 3-0-0 this season. It seems to be a pretty crucial factor for their victory. Score a lot.
Overtime was needed again tonight, and Brock Nelson was the hero for the Islanders. His goal came 33 seconds into overtime on Joonas Korpisalo, who finished with 31 saves on the night.
There were no injuries to report from tonight's game. Ryan Murray is day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and Josh Anderson is on the injured reserve due to an upper-body injury.
The Blue Jackets will head back on the road to face the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday night at 7 p.m.
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