The Columbus Blue Jackets snapped the New Jersey Devils’ four-game winning streak Tuesday night. Boone Jenner and Cam Atkinson scored goals just 35 seconds apart in the third period, securing a 3-1 victory for the Blue Jackets.
Scott Hartnell added a third goal later in the period, giving the Blue Jackets a 3-0 lead with only 5 minutes remaining in the game.
Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made an impressive 23 saves. He was on his way to a shutout when Kyle Palmieri snuck one by Bobrovsky on the powerplay with only a few minutes remaining in the game.
“The puck just hit him tonight,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said of Bobrovsky. “He was in such great position. He wasn’t moving a whole bunch and he looked solid. You didn’t see the net; he’s a big reason why we won. His game is slowly coming along, and that was the best he’s played in the three games I’ve seen him.”
This is the Blue Jackets second straight win with new coach John Tortorella. Tortorella replaced Todd Richards as coach on October 21. He lost his first game coaching the Blue Jackets, but the latest win puts his record with the team at 2-1-0.
What makes the win all the more impressive is that the Blue Jackets only managed 14 shots on net all game.
“We didn’t play that well and that’s on me,” Tortorella commented on his team’s sluggish start. “Our team looked tired, and it’s me not knowing the club right now. I think we skated a tempo at practice [on Monday] that was a little bit too long and it affected us [Tuesday]. We’re going to learn to skate at a tempo where it won’t affect us, but that hurt us tonight. The good thing about it, we still grinded away in the third period and defended well.”
The New Jersey Devils hope to get on another winning streak, playing their next game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday. The Blue Jackets hope to keep the momentum going, ending their four-game road trip on Friday with a visit to play the Washington Capitals.