Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-2 OT win over Carolina
Mar 29, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Matt Calvert (11) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at PNC Arena.
One: In a game with heavy playoff consequences should Columbus fail to come away with two points, the Blue Jackets got past their heavy legs on the second night of back-to-back games for the overtime victory. They concentrated on controlling their own destiny, not relying on help from someone else. This is what good, playoff-caliber teams do. They find a way to win.
Two: They still are prone to turning the puck over at inopportune times and are guilty of looking for the "pretty pass" or "perfect shot". Sometimes, you just have to fire the puck at the net and go for the greasy goal.
Three: With the overtime goal, Ryan Johansen is now only the third Columbus player to score 30 or more goals in a season. If his trajectory stays on this climb, the many franchise records that former Blue Jacket Rick Nash has could fall. Johansen is a workhorse that has yet to reach his full potential. And, he makes it look almost effortless.