One. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ first overtime of the season ended quickly, as the Los Angeles Kings took advantage of a Seth Jones turnover in the Jackets’ attacking zone. Jones was on the ice for an extended shift, and Kings forward Alec Martinez tapped in the game winner. The Kings’ overtime experience (they have played three straight overtime games) overpowered the Blue Jackets, who looked unprepared and disorganized as they played beyond regulation.
Two. Columbus’ special teams continued their hot streak, improving to 5-of-10 (50 percent) on the power play by scoring on their only opportunity tonight, and 15-of-16 (94 percent) on the penalty kill so far this season. Though it is a very small sample size, it is the most cohesive the Blue Jackets power play and penalty kill units have looked in a long time. For comparison, the Anaheim Ducks, the Blue Jackets’ opponent this coming Friday, led the NHL last season in power play success (23.1 percent) and penalty kill percentage (87.2 percent). Again, it is very early on in the season, but it is an aspect of the game giving the Blue Jackets serious confidence right now, especially the rookies and the grinders.
Three. Another game, another (fairly) solid performance in goal by Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky as he made 27 saves tonight. He will want that game-tying goal back, but Bobrovsky has now stopped 157 of the last 169 shots he has faced for a 0.929 save percentage. And, until the Kings scored in the second period, Bobrovsky had a 107:46 shutout streak dating back to Oct. 21 against the Chicago Blackhawks. His hot start has kept the Blue Jackets in games where the skaters’ momentum has faltered, and is a good sign for a goaltender with a history of groin injuries.