It was an absolute must-win for the Blue Jackets.
Unfortunately for Columbus, they never decided to show up for their matinee against the Red Wings.
The first period could not have been worse for the Blue Jackets if they tried. They were outshot, out-attempted, and out-scored in the frame. Shots during the first frame were 16-5 for Detroit. Goals from Adam Erne and Robby Fabbri put the Red Wings ahead. Frankly, it was surprising that the Red Wings weren't up by more and put this game away early.
Heading into the second period, anything would have been better than what happened in the first. It was a marginal improvement with a couple shots within the first ten minutes but then a goal from Nick Foligno put the Blue Jackets right back into the game. A feed from Alexandre Texier was right on the money.
Only a one-goal game entering the final period, the taste of the first could be erased. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha had other ideas as he scored right near the five-minute mark of the third. The Blue Jackets would have plenty of time to answer back but with zero bite to their game, they would never really threaten again to get the game within a goal.
If the Blue Jackets wanted to do anything with their season, they had to get a win here. Unfortunately for them, it just wasn't in the cards.
Emil Bemstrom is still out with an unknown timeline due to a lower-body injury. Joonas Korpisalo is out with an injury and is considered day-to-day. Gus Nyquist is on an unknown timeline after having shoulder surgery in the offseason.
The Columbus Blue Jackets next face-off against the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow March 28 at 3 PM inside Little Caesars Arena on NBCSN.
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