On Thursday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets took on the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. It was a back and forth game that ended in a Buffalo overtime win. This is the second time Buffalo has beat Columbus in twelve days and coincidentally, won in overtime that game as well.
Although I am disappointed in the result, this was a very exciting game to watch. The Jackets scored a goal to end the first period, and to start the second period to go up 2-0.
Late in the second period, Jack Eichel would get his first point of the night, scoring the Sabres first goal to make it 2-1.
Jackets goaltender, Matiss Kivlenieks, then gave up two more goals in the begining, and middle of the third period, making it 3-2 in favor of the Sabres.
Then, just when all hope was lost. When everyone was about to turn off their televisions and say “Ah fuck it, they lost”, Jackets’ Markus Nutivaara scored with just 1:13 left in the game, tying the game at 3-3.
Overtime however, would not go the Jackets way. About halfway through, Victor Olofsson scored his second goal of the night, sealing the win for Buffalo by a final score of 4-3.
Now, one complaint I have about the Jackets in this one, specifically towards coach John Tortorella, is who was between the pipes for the Jackets.
Kivlenieks was the goaltender against Buffalo the last time they played, and they got the same result. This was a winnable game for the Jackets, and it would have been nice to see Merzlikins in the net for this one.
There were a couple positives in this game though. For one, the Jackets scored more than one goal. They have been struggling to score lately, putting up only one goal four out of their last seven games. So to see a 3 on the scoreboard at the end of the game tonight was nice.
Another positive is the first point of prospect, Liam Fouty, who made his second appearance in a Blue Jackets uniform. He got this point from an assist on the Boone Jenner goal that made the score 2-0.
In the end though, the Jackets couldn’t get the win. Yes they got a point with the OT loss…again. But that single point night after night will not be enough to surpass the Islanders. They. Need. Wins.
The Jackets will be back attempting to end this three game skid on home ice Friday against the New York Rangers.