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Devils Take Tough 4-1 to Blue Jackets

NHL: New Jersey Devils at Columbus Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson, who scored his 27th goal of the season against the Devils
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Coming off a huge goal outburst against the Chicago, the Devils were quietly shut down by the Blue Jackets to the tune of a 4-1 loss. Recap | Natural Stat Trick Game Report | NHL Game Summary | NHL Event Summary | NHL Play-by-Play

45 seconds in, the game had already started poorly for the Devils. The Blue Jackets were controlling the puck, and send the puck towards the net. There, Cam Atkinson tipped a puck past Kinkaid, allowing for the Blue Jackets to have a 1-0 lead. It only got two minutes worse later, with the Devils losing a face-off and the Blue Jackets taking advantage of the loss with a Boone Jenner snapshot past Kinkaid to make it 2-0. The 3rd goal was very similar, with another face-off loss for the Devils. The puck was thrown around a little, and then Artemi Panarin was able to take a pass from David Savard to make it 3-0. Thus ended the first period, with the Blue Jackets up 3-0.

The second period did not start off well either, with the Blue Jackets on a power play. Pierre Luc Dubois scored on a snapshot to make it 4-0 for the Blue Jackets, putting more pain on the Devils. With a minute and a half left in the second, the reliable Blake Coleman was able to redirect it into the net to give the Devils a goal, but all was too late. The Blue Jackets would hold on, giving the Blue Jackets a 4-1 win. The highlights can be seen below:

Even though the score was bad, many Devils statistically had good games. All of Ben Lovejoy, Nico Hischier, Mirco Mueller, Jesper Bratt, Marcus Johansson, Travis Zajac, Will Butcher, Blake Coleman and Kyle Palmieri had CF%’s of at least 50%. Damon Severson, Kevin Rooney, Brian Boyle and Andy Greene had particularly bad games, with CF%’s under 40.

The Devils have now lost their very small two game winning streak. The lough was a rude awakening, and signals the end of a very small bright run. Next game is Thursday against the Islanders. Until then, take care, and have a great week.