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Blue Jackets slow down record-setting expansion Vegas Golden Knights in 4-1 win









Columbus Blue Jackets Post-Game Notes

Columbus Blue Jackets (4) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (1)

March 6, 2018 – Nationwide Arena (17,402)





*It only took 16 seconds for the Blue Jackets to take the lead in their rematch with the Golden Knights, who completely dominated Columbus in a 6-3 win back on Jan. 23 in Las Vegas.

*Defenseman Zach Werenski’s goal was one of the record-breaking type. It moved the former Michigan Wolverines star past defense partner Seth Jones (2016-17) and Bryan Berard (2005-06) on the franchise list of most goals by a Blue Jackets defenseman in a single season.

*With the win, the Jackets picked up points 72 and 73 on the season. Those points were huge in the playoff race for the Blue Jackets, who kept control of the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Columbus picked up a point on the Panthers, who have 71 points, because Florida lost on the road in overtime to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-4. The Panthers had come back to tie the game at 4-4. Plus, the Jackets pushed their lead over the Carolina Hurricanes, who have 69 points, by four after they lost on the road to the Minnesota Wild, 6-1.

*The winning goalie last night was Joonas Korpisalo. He played due to Sergei Bobrovsky being sick. Korpi was solid last night. Only allowed one goal to one of the NHL’s most explosive offensive teams. The CBJ backup goaltender has not had many games top performances lately as he has allowed 5 goals in a game three times and 4 goals once and had a very bad record of 1-4-0 in those games. His teammates have complete faith in him however. LW Pierre-Luc Dubois said last night, “Korpi needed this game and we needed to play well in front of him. Yes, he has had some bad games, but we haven’t always played well to help him out to get the winning result.”


Goal Scorers
Columbus: A. Panarin (21), Z. Werenski (13), I. Cole (4), EN – P. Dubois (15)
Vegas: E. Haula (24)



Columbus: J. Korpisalo (37 Saves, W)                          Vegas: M. Fleury (17 Saves, L)

Game Summary:

Event Summary:


  • The Blue Jackets split the season series with the Golden Knights (1-1-0) with each team recording seven goals.
  • Columbus, which began a four-game homestand, won at Nationwide Arena for the third-straight time and the 15th time in the last 24 contests (15-7-2).
  • The Blue Jackets scored 16 seconds into the first period, their fastest goal to start a game this season (previous: Josh Anderson, 30 seconds 12/9/17 vs. ARI).
  • Columbus scored the first goal for the fifth-straight game and improved to 24-10-4 when scoring first this season.  The club also improved to 21-3-2 when leading after two periods this season, including a 13-0-0 record at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets were two-for-two on the penalty kill and have killed nine of their last 10 (90%) penalties at home.  They have killed off all eight penalties in the past three contests overall.


  • Pierre-Luc Dubois recorded his first career three-point game (1-2-3) and seventh multi-point game of the season.  He has 2-4-6 in his last six contests.  The rookie’s 15 goals rank third for a Blue Jackets rookie in a single season while his 35 points rank fourth and his 20 assists rank fifth.
  • LW Artemi Panarin recorded his fifth game with three or more points (1-2-3) this season and has 6-6-12 in his last nine games.  He has recorded at least one point in 11 of the last 14 contests and leads the Blue Jackets with 12 multi-point games this season.
  • Zach Werenski scored his 13th goal of the season and has 2-2-4 in his last four games.  With the goal, he passed Seth Jones (2016-17) and Bryan Berard (2005-06) for the most goals in a single season by a Blue Jackets defenseman.
  • Ian Cole scored his fourth goal of the season and first as a member of the Blue Jackets (1-1-2 in past two contests).  Three of his four goals this season have come against the Golden Knights.
  • David Savard recorded his eighth assist of the season and led all skaters with three blocked shots.
  • Alexander Wennberg notched his 19th assist of the season and finished the season series with 0-2-2 in two games against Vegas.
  • RW Cam Atkinson recorded his 15th assist of the season and seventh point (3-4-7) in the last six games.
  • Nick Foligno won 10-of-14 (71%) faceoffs and blocked two shots.
  • Joonas Korpisalo won his second-straight home game and has a 0.96 GAA and .973 save percentage over the two contests.  He improved to 5-2-0 at Nationwide Arena this season, posting a 2.27 GAA and .931 save percentage while allowing two or less goals in six of seven starts.


Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Ian Cole | Pierre-Luc Dubois | Joonas Korpisalo | Zach Werenski

Golden Knights:

Coach Gerard Gallant | Erik Haula | David Perron



Thursday, March 8 vs. Colorado Avalanche, Nationwide Arena, 7:00 p.m. ET – FOX Sports Ohio / 97.1 The Fan. It will be the finale of the two-game season series, with Colorado looking to sweep after defeating the Blue Jackets 2-0 on Jan. 4  in Denver. The Jackets being in the Eastern Conference, play the Western Conference teams only twice in a home-and-home.