Some of Columbus' most fascinating and meaningful games this season included a goalie change. Some were emotional roller coasters, some were humangous, and a few were just plain fun. Tonight was very much a roller coaster, and not just for the lucky season ticket holders who won yearlong passes to Cedar Point. It started like most coasters do, with a rapid rise to the top - in this case coming from Todd Bertuzzi giving James Wisniewski a little bit of stickwork in the opening minute of the first period, which put the Jackets on the power play. However, unlike most of the times we've been saying that for the past month, this time they actually made it count! Ryan Johansen did the lion's share of the work, picking the puck up at the blue line after Boone Jenner carried it into the offensive zone, then driving to the net and whacking the puck down low, finding a gap in Jimmy Howard's coverage to put the Jackets ahead 1-0. In fact, Columbus spent most of the first half of the period on the attack, forechecking aggressively, and that finally shook loose with another Blue Jackets power play...which short circuited ten seconds later due to Nathan Horton taking a holding call....until Darren Helm hooked down James Wisniewski as he tried to clear the zone, which finally put Columbus on a 4-on-3 power play for about 1:15 when the dust settled. Not exactly a situation you practice for, but the Jackets spent the majority of the odd man advantage taking cracks at Howard, finally breaking through when Brandon Dubinsky went to the side of the net and tried a goal mouth pass to a wide open Cam Atkinson. Cam didn't get a piece of it, but that's because the puck hit Danny DeKeyser's skate and went into the net, and the Jackets suddenly had a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, every roller coaster eventually crests the rise and starts plunging downhill, and this game was no exception. Minutes after Dubinsky's goal, the Red Wings would break into the Columbus zone, and somehow Jack Johnson decided it wasn't really important to cover the guy who's scored 18 goals since coming back from Sochi. Dalton Prout tried to take out Riley Sheahan before he could move the puck, but the pass made it across the crease to Gustav Nyquist, who had nothing but net to shoot on.
Blue Jackets end skid, double up Red Wings 4-2
The Cannon | Mar 26