Passing The Puck Doesn’t Score Goals: Columbus’ Power Play Continues To Struggle

December 10th, 2010 by Patrick Drottar Leave a reply »
On Monday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets looked to put an end to their five-game losing streak with the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars coming to town. The Jackets got out to an early lead, but Dallas quickly recovered and took a 2-1 lead late into the third period.

With under two minutes to play, the Jackets were able to draw a Stars penalty and went on the power play. Mathieu Garon was pulled and gave the Blue Jackets a six-on-four advantage with the final seconds ticking off the clock. Captain Rick Nash was patient in the final minute and buried the tying power play goal to send the game into overtime. After the Jackets won the game in the shootout, the losing streak had ended and fans hoped that this was the end to Columbus' power play woes.

However, this was not the case against St. Louis last night. The Blue Jackets went on the power play eight times last night and were not able to score a goal. That is right folks, eight times! There was even one point where the Jackets had a five-on-three advantage for more than a minute-and-a-half and could not score against Jaroslav Halak. Halak, the same goalie that was pulled early in the Jackets blow out ...

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