Blue Jackets Use Another Big Third Period To Beat Red Wings, 5-4, And Earn Their Third Straight Win

By Max Steele on November 21, 2019 at 9:34 pm
Nov 21, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson (13) scores a goal against Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
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The Blue Jackets faced the Detroit Red Wings looking to extend their win streak to three games.

And did the streak ever continue.

This Columbus team, continuing an offensive outburst that began Tuesday night against Montreal, scored two power play goals in a 5-4 win against the last-place Red Wings.  The result marks consecutive games in which the Jackets have scored five goals.

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Alexandre Texier started the game's scoring five minutes into the first period. Texier, standing strong in a net-front scramble, chipped the puck past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

The Blue Jackets retook the lead minutes into the second period, capitalizing on a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. During the two-man advantage, Seth Jones, staring down Howard from the right circle, delivered a slick pass to Cam Atkinson who corralled the puck and sent it home.

The goal, Atkinson's fourth on the season, snapped a 10-game goalless drought.

After taking the lead in the second period, the Blue Jackets then yielded two goals. The first took an unfortunate bounce off Jones' skate and the second came from a shorthanded breakaway. 

The Blue Jackets currently lead the league in shorthanded goals allowed with five.

The Blue Jackets were able reclaim the lead with two consecutive third period goals in a span of only 63 seconds. To tie the game 3-3, Oliver Bjorkstrand fired home a top shelf, power play goal off a juicy Gus Nyquist rebound. 

Soon after, Boone Jenner reclaimed the lead with the 4-3 goal. Jenner, gathering a speedy pass from Bjorkstrand and shooting nearly from the goal line, wired a shot past the left shoulder of Howard.

With six minutes left in the game, Eric Robinson added an insurance goal to the Blue Jackets' lead. Robinson, speeding up the left side of the ice, created his own breakaway off a Zach Werenski outlet pass and slotted the puck past Howard for his third goal in four games.

Injury Update

Markus Nutivaara remains out of the lineup with an upper body injury.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets face the Winnipeg Jets this Saturday (Nov. 23) in Winnipeg. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.


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