The Columbus Blue Jackets cruised through the New York Islanders in their season opener on Friday by a final score of 5-0. The Blue Jackets showed off some of their new additions to the team, as five different players scored in the game. Coumbus collects their two points after the win and will look to earn another two points when they take on the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night in Chicago.
Let’s take a look at the three takeaways from the Blue Jackets’ opening night victory:
1. Multitude Of Markers- It was a fun night to be a Blue Jackets player. If you were on the ice tonight for Columbus, there was a strong chance you were potting the puck at least once. Five different players scored for the Blue Jackets tonight in the win. Sonny Milano, Cam Atkinson, Ryan Murray, Pierre Luc-Dubois and Zach Werenski all scored on opening night and even forced a goalie change during the game. The offense was red-hot and seeing Milano and Luc-Dubois mesh well with the team was a welcomed sight to see.
2. Bob Stands Strong- Sergei Bobrovsky was the best goaltender in the NHL last season and after having a shaky postseason series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bobrovsky is looking to return to form.
He did so tonight against the Islanders, earning his first shutout of the season in a 29-save performance. It’s going to be imperative for Bobrovsky to play well in order for the Blue Jackets to have a great season and a longer postseason run. On night one, he handled his business.
3. Avoiding The Game-Changing Penalties- In hockey, anything and everything can change when a team earns a power play. Bedlam ensues and quite honestly, it is hard to predict how things will play out. Columbus did a solid job tonight on limiting those crazy situations by only spending a grand total of nine minutes in the penalty box. It was a clean game played for the most part by Columbus and going forward, they’d like to keep it that way.