Blue Jackets Lose to Predators 4-3 in Shootout with Near-AHL Roster

By Chris Pennington on February 22, 2020 at 10:55 pm
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They got a point at least, but this one stings, as the past eight games also have.

  1 2 3 OT SO F
BLUE JACKETS 0 3 0 0 0 3
PREDATORS 2 1 0 0 1 4

On paper, the Columbus Blue Jackets should've never even gotten a point out of this game. After it was announced on Friday morning that forward Oliver Bjorkstrand would likely miss the rest of the regular season due to a fractured ankle, it was fair to think the rest of the campaign was in the sewer.

That's not the attitude of this team, though, and they keep showing us they're willing to fight till the last possible second.

To start off the night, former Blue Jacket Ryan Johansen scored 33 seconds into the contest to put the Predators up 1-0, and another tally by Mikael Granlund ten minutes later made the evening already seem like a loss.

How would the team come back from that early deficit with the lineup they currently have playing?

With every bit of heart and hard work they have, to answer that question. The second period was all Columbus, with Boone Jenner knocking home a rebound just a minute into the frame for his 11th of the season.

Three minutes later, Eric Robinson found himself open in the slot and wired a Jakob Lilja pass into the net for his sixth on the campaign to tie the game.

Emil Bemstrom and Colton Sissons traded goals in the final minutes of the second period, and the two teams entered the final frame knotted up at three, teeing up for a while last 20 minutes.

Wild it was. No goals came, but both teams had a tremendous amount of opportunities to do so, totaling 75 shots heading into overtime. No one was able to capitalize in that period either, though, pushing the wildly dramatic game to a shootout.

In the shootout, Rocco Grimaldi was the hero for the Predators, scoring the winner to give Nashville a big win in their respective playoff hunt. Currently, the Blue Jackets are just out of the final wild-card spot, tied in points but having played a few more games than those above them with the same amount. 

Injury Report

Joonas Korpisalo has been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters for conditioning upon his return to the Blue Jackets. Josh Anderson has been skating in practice, but his return date is still unknown. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets head home to take on the Ottawa Senators this upcoming Monday. Puck drop is at 7 pm in Nationwide Arena. 

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