This year, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature immediately after each Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to provide as put up-sport brief hits.
1. Sonny Milano + Oliver Bjorkstrand = Really Excellent Items
The two forwards speedily observed chemistry, connecting on Milano’s first NHL goal in opposition to the staff he grew up looking at in Very long Island to open items just 1:07 into the Columbus Blue Jackets’ first sport of the year. Milano and Bjorkstrand set on a passing and stick-managing clinic on virtually each change, applying their speed to crash the web and crank out scoring prospects.
It was only their first sport partnered on NHL ice collectively this year, but what they showcased brought again reminiscences of what the two had been in a position to execute in their time collectively with the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate—a Calder Cup in the 2015-16 year.
Milano credited taking part in with Bjorkstrand beforehand to their early-year chemistry.
“We loved taking part in with each and every other in Cleveland and we had been rather psyched each time we experienced the prospect,” Milano said. “Tonight, it carried above listed here to the NHL as effectively, which was fun.”
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2. Impressive Ability Participate in
The Blue Jackets’ ability engage in, which was thought of by a lot of to be one particular of the league’s greatest coming into this year, was off to a hot commence in their first outing. While it was not formal, the Blue Jackets had been in a position to get a lethal six-person device on the ice in shorter buy and on a delayed penalty connect with in opposition to the Islanders. When they went on the ability engage in “for genuine,” they produced 5 photographs and defenseman Zach Werenski was rewarded with a ability-engage in goal with one particular of his signature moves: a one particular-timer from the blue line.
Forward Alexander Wennberg, who played alongside newcomer Artemi Panarin, said it was a relief to locate the early achievement.
“There had been a large amount of good items and it was fun taking part in with the guys,” Wennberg said. “Obviously we experienced that goal and numerous scoring prospects. It’s only our first sport but with any luck , we preserve it going.”
The full staff hopes the chemistry continues earlier the first sport, as well.
3. Clean up-up on Aisle One
The Blue Jackets also did a wonderful task cleansing up in entrance of No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky when essential. There had been a several negative-angle photographs that produced it by and bounced off the goaltender, but the staff was there to bail out Bobrovsky when he needed guidance. They also knew when to steer distinct of his line of vision to allow him make the major stops. Last season’s Vezina-successful goaltender proved why he cleaned up that award in his first check of the year, going a best 29 stops on 29 Islanders photographs.
Blue Jackets head mentor John Tortorella even referred to as out the team’s engage in “getting back” as the greatest aspect in his impression.
“I never think [Bobrovsky] was as well hectic but he produced some critical will save at critical periods, and the greatest component of our game… was we experienced wonderful sticks and wonderful blocks that saved us,” Tortorella said in his postgame push convention. “We saved ourselves a variety of periods, and I imagined that was the greatest component of our sport.”
Either way, it was a constructive point for the Blue Jackets to see their No. 1 goaltender confident ideal off the bat, and that previous season’s trusted relationship between the skaters and netminder is even now intact.