Three takeaways from Blue Jackets 4-3 shootout loss to Sharks

San Jose Sharks' Adam Burish, right, checks Columbus Blue Jackets' Corey Tropp during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

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One: Columbus minimized their mistakes and skated toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the NHL. They played "their" game, not getting caught up in a track meet with the fast and physical Sharks.

Two: They were opportunistic, especially on the first goal by Ryan Johansen. They utilized sustained pressure and a decent fore-check to help slow down San Jose. They are finding the form that they had at the end of last year.

Three: Nick Foligno is thriving on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner. He’s scored goals from his belly, battles hard along the boards and last night was a playmaker from his knees. He’s the epitome of the "hard work" mantra laid down by President of Hockey Ops John Davidson and GM Jarmo Kekalainen.