Three Takeaways from the Blue Jackets 3-2 win over Tampa Bay.
One: Columbus still isn’t playing a full 60 minute game, yet they found a way to win against a good Tampa Bay team. Their 1st and 3rd periods were good, while the 2ndâ¦ not so much. Midway through the middle frame, the outcome was very much in doubt. They need to tighten up their game and give the full 60 minute effort.
Two: Their fore-check was very aggressive in the 1st and 3rd periods. They were also shooting the puck more, which led to more scoring chances. Two shots on goal in the first half of the 2nd was a bit worrisome, though. They need to get to the point of being consistently consistent.
Three: The first four game winning streak of the season is nice, but earning the two points against a good Eastern Conference team above them in the standings cannot be understated. This was a HUGE win for Columbus.
Overtime: This is from the geek within me, but following Nathan Horton’s power play goal in the 3rd, I found myself fixated on the number two. It was Horton’s 2nd home game, 2nd goal of the season, 2nd goal of the night for the Blue Jackets, which all led to it being Horton’s 200th career goal.