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3 Takeaways: Blue Jackets game 7

One. Offense has been a problem for the Columbus Blue Jackets through the first six games, but it was not an issue tonight. Forwards Brandon Saad and Sam Gagner combined for four goals in a 3:58 span during the first period–a goal total they had not reached through an entire game so far this season. Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno added three assists to his team-leading point total with eight points in seven games, and forward Alexander Wennberg had two assists of his own tonight. Though several forwards have yet to break through, including typical top-liners Boone Jenner and Brandon Dubinsky, it was the support Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky needed tonight, and will need more of moving forward.

Two. Speaking of Bobrovsky, the Blue Jackets goaltender earned his second shutout of the road trip with a 35 save performance tonight. His confidence in the team in front of him showed as he continued to play solid hockey. On the road trip, he posted a 0.960 save percentage (stopped 120-of-125 shots faced) and a 1.25 goals-against average. Once again, he’s a big reason the team is 3-1-1 in their last five games.

Three. Lost in the shuffle of the offensive firepower and Bobrovsky’s outstanding play was how well Blue Jackets forwards Matt Calvert and Josh Anderson played tonight. The game was physical from the start, and Anderson held his own by checking up and down the ice and facing off against Ducks defenseman Josh Manson in a first period fistfight. Calvert was a huge part of the penalty kill’s success, and his speed led to several Blue Jackets opportunities throughout the game. Both were in the Ducks’ heads all night, which led to a few Blue Jackets power plays and post-whistle scrums.

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