I'm not even sure how to process this one, honestly. Things certainly didn't start well. The Jackets were in the box for a penalty less than ten seconds into the game after Matt Calvert was called for cross checking after he got into a pushing match with Trevor Lewis at the faceoff dot. The Jackets managed to kill that penalty, but Dwight King would open the scoring on the following shift when he picked up the rebound from Lewis' shot on Sergei Bobrovsky and deposited it into the net. Insult was added to injury when Ryan Johansen was sent to the box on a crosschecking minor a minute later, but this time Bob and the PK stood to the challenge, and the entire team seemed to draw some energy from the kill. After spending far too much time reacting to the Kings and chasing the puck, the Jackets started to put a bit of offensive pressure on Martin Jones, finally drawing a power play of their own when Boone Jenner drove to the net and was knocked over by Jake Muzzin to prevent what likely would have been a tap-in goal off of Nathan Horton's pass. The suddenly clicking power play went to work, and didn't need much time to make the Kings pay. The Controlled Chaos factored in once again, paying forward on Craig Hartsburg's faith once again. R.J. Umberger cycled the puck up to Jack Johnson after a near miss on the net, and #7 would control the puck on the blue line and set up James Wisniewski for a point shot, where Umberger was waiting to redirect it into the net. The Kings looked for an opportunity to break through again, particularly when Artem Anisimov was boxed for delay of game after putting the puck over the glass, but the Jackets kept to their game plan, pushing the Kings out of their shooting lanes and working hard to pursue to the puck. That effort paid off late in the period, and the fans got a nice glimpse of the future for this team when James Wisniewski took the puck behind his own net and sent it to Ryan Murray at the top of the zone. The 2012 #2 overall pick sent a picture perfect breakout pass to Ryan Johansen, who slid into the offensive zone like a knife between the ribs, popping the water bottle with a nasty wrist shot to give the Jackets a 2-1 lead with less than a minute to play in the period. That 2-1 lead held into the first intermission, and the Jackets drew another power play, but couldn't find a way through Jones. The momentum seemed to be building for Columbus, but things took a sudden swing when a Matt Calvert turnover in the neutral zone lead to Jeff Carter, Mike Richards, and Matt Frattin dashing back up ice on a three on one.
Blue Jackets beat Kings to set franchise mark with 7th straight win
The Cannon | Jan 22