Three takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-1 win over the Bruins
One: They came out skating with pace and playing a physical game against a good team. Their transition game is much better than it has been over the last few weeks. They were decisive with puck decisions, for most of the game, and used this to move up the ice with alacrity.
Two: Ryan Johansen extended his point streak to a league-leading 13 games by scoring his 17th goal of the season. They were also aggressive in the neutral zone on the penalty kill, thereby forcing the Bruins to over-handle the puck. They played a heavy game with much energy on the second night of back-to-back games.
Three: Goaltender Curtis McElhinney played his best game of the season in the 3-1 win over Boston. His lateral movement was very good and he wasn’t afraid to challenge any player making a run at his goal. The fact that he took a Zdano Chara shot off his mask and kept himself in the play shows that he’s playing with confidence.
Overtime: Matt Calvert missed practice yesterday because of illness and was a game-time decision. After playing last night, he was in the lineup against the Bruins on Saturday, still feeling a bit ill. He took a shoulder to the head from Boston’s Carl Soderberg in the second period, and then went and scored the game-winning goal and an insurance goal. He’s like the classic Timex wristwatch… He takes a licking and keeps on ticking.