Brick by brick. That was the old mantra, right?
The Blue Jackets knew they had to take it a period at a time against the Dallas Stars to ensure they came away with another win.
The first period wasn't a dominating frame by any stretch of the imagination. It did, however, lend some credence to the fact that the other night against the Red Wings may not be a one-off. The Blue Jackets were able to skate with the Stars and put them in a rough spot multiple times. Despite all of that, nothing came out of it score-wise.
Most of the way through the second period, it looked like it was going to be much of the same. Another stalemate frame where both sides got opportunities. In just a moment's notice, Boone Jenner was able to flip the game on its head and give the Blue Jackets the first lead of the game. It was a vintage Jenner goal, hard work and determination led the way.
Heading into the third period, the Blue Jackets would try and protect their lead. It didn't take long for them to add to it as Oliver Bjorkstrand didn't miss from in close, giving the team a two-goal cushion. Then not long after that, a goal was scored that looked like it was scored by Boone Jenner but eventually attributed to Eric Robinson. This gave the Blue Jackets a three-goal lead very early on in the final frame.
It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows to end the game, as a couple of goals were scored by Stars players to tighten it up. Miro Heiskanen and Jason Robertson potted two quick goals in the middle of the frame to make it 3-2, but the Blue Jackets grinded and forechecked their way to two sorely-needed points.
The Blue Jackets are playing without goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, who is out with an upper-body injury. No updated timeline has been given, but Merzlikins did practice this week with the team.
The Blue Jackets' next game is against the Dallas Stars on Saturday, Mar. 6, at 8 p.m. at American Airlines Arena.
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