Torres scores 2 goals in Columbus’ 4-2 win
The Blue Jackets improved to 19-3-2 when Torres scores.
“They really come at you the first 10 minutes and we haven’t been able to survive. We’ve really dug ourselves a hole,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We got better and better as the game went on. We really managed the game properly.”
Nash’s power-play goal 4:20 into the second period on a wrister from a hard angle gave the Blue Jackets, who ended a three-game losing skid, a 3-2 lead.
“Big goal by Nasher there,” Torres said. “And the goal in the third period by Clarky was also a big goal for us.”
Clark credited his linemates for their persistence in swarming the net—and getting him the puck.
“It just ended up being right in the paint, in the crease for me,” he said.
The rest was up to Mathieu Garon, who had 30 saves to run his record against the Blues to 9-3-0.
Garon was injured in the morning skate when a puck hit him in the wrist; his availability for the game was in question. And he had been pulled after giving up three goals on nine shots the opening period of the last meeting.
“I felt great out there,” Garon said. “A couple of times I felt a little pain, but it’s not something that’s bothering me.”
The loss was not the way the Blues wanted to start a three-game road trip.
“I didn’t think we had much jump tonight,” coach Davis Payne said. “Even when we called upon it, it didn’t seem like we were able to get our gears shifted for the third period. For whatever reason, Columbus did a great job with any forecheck that we were able to establish. We had very little net traffic and very few secondary possessions. We have to regroup tomorrow.”
“It felt like a step backward,” he said. “That is definitely not the style of hockey we have been playing. I don’t know if we got a little bit ahead of ourselves after winning four games and thought that we were better than we were, but we definitely didn’t bring the work ethic that helped us win those four games.”
NOTES: Columbus D Mathieu Roy(notes) had two assists—the first multipoint game of his career. … The Blue Jackets put LW Fredrik Modin(notes) (foot) on injured reserve and activated D Marc Methot(notes) (shoulder). … Columbus D Fedor Tyutin(notes) was scratched and missed his first game after 132 straight since being traded in the summer of 2008. … Nash has 216 goals and 184 assists in 492 career games.