Blue Jackets Soundly Beaten By Stars In Saturday Night Matchup

By Jacob Nitzberg on March 6, 2021 at 10:31 pm

This was a tough one.

After taking it to the Stars on Thursday night, the Blue Jackets got a dose of their own medicine tonight as they fell to the Stars, 5-0.

Dallas got it going early. At 2:24 in the first period, Jason Dickinson willed the puck past Joonas Korpisalo after a goalmouth scramble to give the Stars a 1-0 lead, but the Blue Jackets weren't so convinced. They challenged the goal for goaltender interference, and there was some contact, but it was determined that it was a good goal. Since their challenge failed, the Blue Jackets were assigned a two-minute minor penalty for delay of game.

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On the resulting power play, Joe Pavelski tallied for the Stars to give them a 2-0 lead just three minutes and nine seconds into the game. The Blue Jackets made their way back into the game over the rest of the period, but after 20 minutes, it was 2-0, Dallas.

The second period saw more fireworks for the Stars. After Emil Bemstrom looked to be tripped, there was no call. On the next faceoff, the Stars took control and Miro Heiskanen scored his second of the season on a blocker-side snipe to give the Stars a commanding 3-0 lead. 

The Stars saw out the rest of the game in a relatively calm manner, as the Blue Jackets weren't able to generate much of a push in the other direction. Nick Foligno hit the post early in the third period, but that was as close as the Blue Jackets would get to getting on the scoreboard. Later in the period, as was the theme all night, the referees missed a blatant interference call on Boone Jenner that would have given the Blue Jackets an opportunity on the man advantage.

Roope Hintz made it 4-0 at 10:43 of the third with a nasty deke and finish, which chased Korpisalo. Veini Vehvilainen came into the game to make his NHL debut, but unfortunately, the Stars weren't done. Radek Faksa scored shorthanded with 41 seconds remaining to make it 5-0.

Jake Oettinger notched his first career shutout for the Stars, stopping all 21 Blue Jackets shots.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will head back to Columbus and prepare to host the Panthers in a two-game series. The first game will be Tuesday night, with puck drop slated for 7:00 P.M.

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