Three Takeaways from Blue Jackets Win over Vancouver
One: Columbus stopped their four game slide by coming out in the first period and playing with a chip on their shoulder. Although this is unsustainable for an entire season, that mentality is one that they need to harness. They played this game as they played many last season, that it had to be the most important game.
Two: The Blue Jackets did a much better job of getting bodies to the front of Vancouver's Eddie Lack and obstructing the goalies sight lanes. They also did a better job of supporting Curtis McElhinney in their own net, clearing the opposition away so that he had a clear view of almost all of the shots taken on him tonight. They need to keep this up as they move through the season.
Three: They are still going into the corners with their sticks in the air, playing the body instead of the puck. You can crash and bang the opposition against the boards all night long, but your stick on the ice will get you the puck that much quicker.
All in all, a much needed win on home ice. Next game is Tuesday evening with the New Jersey Devils in town for a 7 p.m. tilt.