Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 5-2 win over Chicago

Ryan Johansen is congratulated for scoring a goal during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The Blue Jackets won 5-2.

One: Both teams came out ready to play and working their legs. The Blue Jackets were able to exploit Chicago having four men on the rush, oftentimes forcing a turnover and heading back up-ice. They had their forecheck working and it was especially aggressive on the lone Blackhawks power play. They wanted to control the pace of the game and did so in the opening frame.

Two: The game slowed down in the second stanza as Chicago played at a more deliberate pace. Gone was the end-to-end track meet. In its place, the Blue Jackets found themselves hemmed into their own zone and unable to clear the puck for stretches of time.

Three: They gave Chicago five power play opportunities, once again taking too many penalties. Their discipline has to tighten up moving forward. They stymied the opposition, while still being as opportunistic as possible to create turnovers and get pucks on net.