The Columbus Blue Jackets roll into their long winter break after six weeks of solid play and a season-high six-game win streak.
Columbus went back and forth with the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night before Oliver Bjorkstrand's 2nd objective of the game with 5:38 left offered heaven Jackets the lead and young goalie Elvis Merzlikins hung on the rest of the way to seal the 4-3 win.
It's been quite a turnaround for heaven Jackets. They are 16-2-4 given that Dec. 9 despite the fact that as many as 10 gamers were out with injuries at any one time-- including Bjorkstrand, who has had a set of two-goal games in a row given that being sidelined 13 games with a rib/oblique injury.
"They should feel real great about themselves," Columbus coach John Tortorella said as the group breaks for the All-Star Game and then the NHL-required five-day hiatus. They don't play again for 10 days.
After sinking to near the bottom of the Metropolitan division, heaven Jackets are now in the second Eastern division wildcard position.
SEE "They must feel genuine good about themselves," Columbus coach John Tortorella stated as the team breaks for the All-Star Game and then the NHL-required five-day hiatus. Kyle Connor had an objective and a help, and Mason Appleton and Neal Pionk also scored, and Broissoit had 25 conserves for Winnipeg, which limps in to the break after losing both games of a back-to-back. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said the strategy is easy: "Get the hell home and do not expend 10 more minutes thinking about this game. The Blue Jackets tied it quickly when Jones got a drop pass from Nick Foligno on the left wing, drove in tough and slipped a shot in between Brossoit's pads. We played our video game.