Game Report: Blue Jackets 8, Blues 4

By Nicholas Hand

The Blues’ early season struggles continued on Saturday night as the Blue Jackets doubled up the Blues in Columbus. Sam Gagner scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for a Blue Jackets squad that is surging offensively.

Gagner opened the scoring 2:34 seconds into the contest as his shot in front of the net was contested by Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and ramped up over Jake Allen’s shoulder.

Kevin Shattenkirk evened the score on the power play at 6:35 after David Perron intercepted a clearing attempt in the neutral zone and sent a pass to Vladimir Tarasenko after gaining the zone. Tarasenko sent a pass to Shattenkirk whose low wrist shot caught the skate of a sprawling Bobrovsky but carried into the net.

The game turned on the ensuring faceoff as a turnover by Alex Pietrangelo and flat footedness by the Blues following the turnover gave Nick Foligno a shooting lane on Allen. Allen got a piece of the Foligno shot with his shoulder but not enough as Foligno scored his sixth of the season.

Alexander Wennberg scored his second of the season at 15:10 for a two goal lead into the second period.

Gagner’s second of the night chased Allen from the game 5:18 into the middle period as a second effort shot beat Allen after the initial save.

Carter Hutton replaced Allen but did not fare any better in the second period allowing three straight goals to Brandon Dubinsky, Markus Nutivaara, and William Karlsson to give the Jackets a commanding 7-1 lead with 6:30 still remaining in the period.

Robby Fabbri scored a power play goal at 15:56 on a nice feed from Tarasenko for the Blues second goal of the game.

The Blues power play produced another goal 21 seconds into the third period on Tarasenko’s sixth of the season which cut the lead to 7-3.

Columbus answered right back with a power play goal of their own from Zach Werenski for a 8-3 lead.

Fabbri scored his second of the game at 6:23 of the third period on the power play after a strong passing sequence by Tarasenko and Perron for the Blues four power play goal of the game.

Of Note:
Fabbri’s two-goal performance occurred after being a healthy scratch on Thursday night…Tarasenko had a four-point night with a goal and three assists … The Blues broke out of a power-play slump scoring four goals on five opportunities after scoring only one power play goal in their last eight games… Columbus has now scored 8 or more goals twice in the last eight days after a 10-0 blowout at home against the Canadiens on Nov. 4.

Between the Pipes:
Allen allowed four goals on 12 shots before being pulled. Hutton allowed three goals in the second period on seven shots and allowed four on 18 total shots.

Looking Ahead:
The Blues begin a three-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres.