Aftermath No. 2: New York Islanders

Saturday, 10.05.2013 / 11:00 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Boy, didn't this one feel familiar?

I know what you were thinking after Matt Moulson gave the Islanders a 2-0 lead late in the second period. Things did not look good for the Blue Jackets at the time and a two-goal rally was going to be quite the task in the final 20 minutes. But as they did many times last season, they kept the deficit manageable and gave themselves an opportunity to chip away. 


The power play stepped up and delivered a huge goal - exactly what Todd Richards and his staff want to see from that unit - and began to reverse the flow a bit. Letestu's snap wrister not only brought the Blue Jackets within a goal but it gave them a real sense of belief that a comeback was in the cards, and Letestu said as much after the game. Despite some cases of lopsided play, the Blue Jackets were never "out of control" in this game. They just needed something to get them going and the power play did just that.

We can't not talk about the goaltender(s), either. Nabokov was excellent for the Islanders, especially in overtime, and was the sole reason this game extended beyond 65 minutes. Bobrovsky was as good if not a tad better, highlighted by a left pad rejection of Frans Nielsen in the final 30 seconds of regulation while the Jackets were shorthanded.

So, what went right and what went wrong? Let's talk it out...

- Plenty of talk pre-game about how fast the Islanders like to play, and while they did play with pace, it's not like the Blue Jackets are a slow team. They matched New York after the first few minutes and hung with them throughout. In fact, it was the Blue Jackets who cranked it up another level in the third period and the Islanders didn't have an answer.

- Marian Gaborik was outstanding and history shows he loves playing the Islanders. He's over a point-per-game player against them in his career and did some serious damage when he was a member of the New York Rangers. His line with Dubinsky and Atkinson was very strong and showed some really encouraging signs.

- As we mentioned in our post-game report, Bobrovsky was tremendous. He made 28 saves and some really big ones in the final 30 minutes, giving the Blue Jackets a chance. 

- The Umberger-Johansen-Foligno line was mostly a matchup line last year, but they scored the biggest goal of the game  tonight. Umberger took the puck right to the net and everyone crashed the party, and it was own goal off Peter Regin's glove that tied the game.

- Really nice game from David Savard tonight, and the young man continues to make a strong impression on his latest NHL opportunity. The Jackets sure miss Fedor Tyutin on the back end, but Savard has stepped in and done a fine job alongside Nikitin on the third pair. 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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