Three Takeaways from the Blue Jackets 1-0 win over the Predators
One: Forty-eight hours after getting shellacked by Chicago, the Blue Jackets showed how resilient and responsible they can be. There was no question that they brought their intensity to the Predators with the momentum swinging in their favor after a 2nd period fight between Corey Tropp and Nashville’s Eric Nystrom. Look up "hard work" and "energy" in the Columbus dictionary and you’ll see Tropp’s picture.
Two: After being called out by Todd Richards two days ago, the forwards all played very good two-way games, helping out defensively and blocking shots. The lines were juggled, but that didn’t seem to faze any of the players. They peppered Nashville net-minder Pekka Rinne with pucks, with Anisimov ultimately taking matters into his own hands and netting the lone goal.
Three: It was a battle between two of the best goaltenders in the NHL, with Sergei Bobrovsky skating away with the shutout. He stood tall in the first when the ice was tilted in Nashville’s favor. He made some great stops down the stretch as the Predators threw puck after puck at him in the waning moments of the 3rd. Great bounce-back after being pulled in the last game.