COLUMBUS | The Canadian showed signs of a team reinvigorated by the arrival of Martin St-Louis. We’ve talked a ton of times about renewed energy. But this flame is not eternal.
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The CH looked like this moribund formation of the first months of the season for this first visit of the year to the Nationwide Arena. The Blue Jackets dictated the pace from start to finish in an easy 5-1 win.
Always very frank in his analysis, defender Joel Edmundson summed up this match in the right way.
“Marty (Martin) drives us, he makes us excited to play, but he can’t do everything,” Edmundson said. We’re the ones lacing the skates, not him. »
“I give credit to the Blue Jackets, but we have to be better,” he continued. We made too many turnovers. We started playing our game five minutes from the end. We won’t win many games like that. »
The Habs lost a third game in a row. The Jackets outshot their rivals 31-21 in the shooting column.
If Samuel Montembeault did not have to face a bombardment of more than 40 shots, as is too often the case, the “Glorieux” were still dominated in the column of shots for an eighth meeting in a row. .
Roslovic on fire
Author of a hat trick in his last game against the Red Wings, Jack Roslovic continued his momentum with two goals. Patrik Laine also had a good night with a goal and two assists.
Upon his return to Columbus, David Savard received a warm welcome from his former supporters. On the ice, however, number 58 has spent far too much time in his own territory. Savard and Alexander Romanov finished with -3 records.
In the end, there were seven gunshots during this game: five for the five goals of the Jackets, one before the game and another to celebrate the victory. Although he once served as an adviser to John Tortorella with the Jackets, St. Louis jumped after the locals’ first goal.
“I even mentally prepared myself before the match and that surprised me. It was the same as a player!”
What we noticed…
A RARE GOAL
Archive photo, Martin Chevalier
Ryan Pohling brought a bit of life to CH by scoring their first goal at the end of the second period. Used in the first wave on the power play, Poehling redirected a shot from Nick Suzuki to thwart Elvis Merzlikins. The 2017 first-round pick hadn’t hit the target since Jan. 17. He slowed down a black series of 26 goalless games.
Gustav Nyquist falls into the category of great comebacks this season in the NHL. Operated on a shoulder last season, he had missed the 56 games of the Blue Jackets. After a year’s absence, the Swede has regained his touch with 46 points (17 b, 29 p) in 74 games. Against CH, Nyquist collected two assists. Jean-François Bérubé, Merzlikins’ assistant, described him as an inspiration to his teammates.
Michigan Wolverines captain Nick Blankenburg signed a one-year contract with the Blue Jackets on April 8. Five days later, the 23-year-old defenseman played his first NHL game. “It’s a dream come true, it’s happening so fast,” Blankenburg said in the morning. At his baptism, he got an assist on Cole Sillinger’s goal in the third period. Blankenburg, a small defenseman who scored 14 goals in 38 games in his final season in the NCAA, did well alongside Jake Bean.