Post Game: Devils 5, Blue Jackets 2

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 9:40 PM / News
By Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com

 

DEVILS 5 | BLUE JACKETS 2
PRUDENTIAL CENTER
NEWARK, N.J.




The Blue Jackets were hoping for the exact opposite result early in tonight's game.

Good feelings about the state of their game didn't last long in the first period against a hungry New Jersey Devils team, and if there's a silver lining, one hopes this was a wake-up call for the Blue Jackets. They had played well against the Devils all season (winning each of the three previous meetings), but tonight, the Blue Jackets were a step slow and an undisciplined start had them swimming upstream.

New Jersey scored three goals in the first 8:54 of the game - spanning a window of 2:45 - to bust it open early. Todd Richards had to call his timeout after the third goal to settle things down, or at least get his team a breather. After that, the Blue Jackets found their game for long stretches and closed to within a goal late in the second period.

But their biggest mistake cost them dearly. On the power play in the final minute of the second period, Patrik Elias stole the puck at the line and flipped an alley-oop pass to Adam Henrique, who was in alone behind the Jackets' defense. He went five-hole on Bobrovsky to make it a 4-2 lead for New Jersey, and that was the dagger for Columbus.

Artem Anisimov opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets, making it a 3-1 game late in the first period. Marian Gaborik scored in his first game back to bring Columbus within 3-2.




Henrique's shorthanded goal diffused any sort of rally the Blue Jackets had going - and that's how quickly a game can turn if one team makes a mistake. Columbus, on the power play, had a chance to tie things up headed to the third period but instead found itself with an even steeper hill to climb.



1. ADAM HENRIQUE (NJD)
Two goals tonight for the young Devils center, who was all over the ice and scored what was the biggest goal of the game late in the second period.

2. JAROMIR JAGR (NJD)
This guy's motor never stops going. He was denied by a great Bobrovsky save in the first period, but stayed with the play and deposited career goal No. 699. 

3.  PATRIK ELIAS (NJD)
A goal and two assists tonight for the savvy veteran, who could have had a couple more goals of his own. 




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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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