Well, that's a gut punch.
Late drama, some survival mode stuff, and an overall gutsy effort led the Blue Jackets to overtime tonight against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
But with only seconds left on a power play that carried over from the end of regulation, the Blues made them pay. David Perron scored eight seconds into overtime and sent the Blue Jackets to a third straight loss, 4-3 at Enterprise Center.
When all the Blue Jackets needed to do was survive one rush, that one rush resulted in the game-winning goal. The Blues walked right into the Columbus zone, and one shot beat Elvis Merzlikins to the far post to give St. Louis the extra point. But some credit goes to the Blue Jackets for securing even one point, after a late penalty nearly sent them home with nothing.
The first two periods of this game were not short of excitement, either. To what extent depends on if you're John Tortorella or Craig Berube.
St. Louis scored first on a goal by Robert Thomas, but the Blue Jackets answered with 4.5 seconds left in the period. Gus Nyquist set up Pierre-Luc Dubois streaking down the left side, and he beat Blues forward Zach Sanford to the post and roofed it over Jordan Binnington.
Back-to-back goals from Sonny Milano and Oliver Bjorkstrand (power play) gave the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead midway through the second period, but it didn't last long. St. Louis scored twice in 26 seconds to send the game into the third period in a 3-3 tie.
The Blue Jackets survived a late (weak) penalty to Milano to send the game to overtime, their sixth extra session contest of the young season.
Ryan Murray and Alexandre Texier are on injured reserve and expected to miss upwards of four weeks.
The Blue Jackets return home tomorrow night to play the Calgary Flames at Nationwide Arena.