A surprise goaltending change worked out in the Blues’ favor tonight. Unfortunately for the Blue Jackets, scheduled starter Curtis Sanford is suffering from back spasms. Steve Mason instead wound up with the start, and Mason is known for allowing quite a few first period goals.
The first goal of the game went to the Blue Jackets from Derek MacKenzie, who capitalized off of a pretty juicy rebound:
The Jackets’ happiness was short-lived, however. Less than thirty seconds after MacKenzie scored, Kevin Shattenkirk cashed in on some fancy playmaking by Matt D’Agostin:
His game against Nashville whetted Oshie’s appetite for points, as last night’s only goal-scorer gave the Blue Jackets a taste of their own rebound-medicine here, less than a minute after Shattenkirk’s goal:
The Teej now leads the team in goals with 11