Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 4-2 win over the Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner, left, and St. Louis Blues' Alex Pietrangelo chase after the puck along the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 28, 2015, in St. Louis. The Blue Jackets won 4-2.
One: The Blue Jackets came out and played a physical game from the start, not backing down from the Blues. They clogged the neutral zone and limited St. Louis’ transition game. With an aggressive forecheck and speed, they were able to create turnovers and not allow the Blues to get into their own rhythm.
Two: In what has become a recurring theme, the Blue Jackets have taken too many penalties this year. Tonight against St. Louis was no exception. Being more disciplined may sound like a broken LP record (look it up if you don’t know what an LP is, kids), but it has to be a part of their game moving forward. By taking excessive penalties, they cannot get into the rhythm of their own identity.
Three: They bore down in the final stanza, getting their forecheck going and not giving the Blues time or space. Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall and shut the door on the Blues. It’s good to see that this team has too much pride to "mail it in", knowing they are out of the playoffs. They played St. Louis hard to the very end, not letting them get back in the game.