This lineup may not have been a work of art, but they made the best of it.
The Blue Jackets would take the contending Hurricanes to overtime. A moral victory in a season that has plenty of them in it. This time it ended perfectly for the visiting team.
The first frame was all Blue Jackets. They dominated the shot advantage and controlled the game for most of the period. It was shocking against a Hurricanes club that normally controls play against the best teams in the league. After throwing plenty of shots on the net, a shot from Oliver Bjorkstrand in transition rebounded directly to Seth Jones down low who put the Blue Jackets ahead by a goal.
A microcosm of their season, the Blue Jackets completely rolled over in the second period. They did not get their first shot on goal until halfway through the frame. Sebastian Aho scored both goals in the frame for the Hurricanes, one was at even-strength and one was on the power play. Somehow, someway before the frame ended, the Blue Jackets were able to get a goal from Kevin Stenlund right after their power play ended.
As the third period started it was anyone's ball game with the score tied at two apiece. The first half of the final frame was a stalemate. Both were getting chances but nothing noteworthy or exceptional. It continued late into the frame before the tie game went into overtime.
In overtime, the Blue Jackets had to fend off an early onslaught but were then saved by a Seth Jones goal to give them the win. A much-needed victory if they want to make a run.
Alexandre Texier and Mikhail Grigorenko were both out due to non-Covid-19 related illnesses. Emil Bemstrom suffered a lower-body injury in practice and his timeline is day-to-day.
The Blue Jackets' next play against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, March 20 at 7 pm at PNC Arena.
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