The Columbus Blue Jackets have a high-scoring quartet, the Edmonton Oilers couldn’t score a goal without giving one up immediately and Henrik Lundqvist’s understudy held the fort. Here are three things we learned in the NHL Friday.
Unlikely Blue Jackets’ offence
Though the Columbus Blue Jackets were playing the 28th-placed Edmonton Oilers Friday night, it didn’t keep them from pouring it on. Cam Atkinson scored and tied a career high in points at 40, Boone Jenner scored his 23rd and Scott Hartnell scored his 21st.
It was fitting since, remarkably, the Jackets are the only team in the NHL with four 20-goal scorers.
Brandon Saad (24), Jenner, Hartnell and the aforementioned Atkinson (21) each have over 20 goals.
Hartnell’s goal left him sitting at 299 for his career.
The Jackets easily dispatched the Oilers 6-3. Saad, meanwhile, left the game with an injury and will not join the team on their trip to Philadelphia.
Code blue for Oilers
All three of those Oilers goals Friday were countered by the Blue Jackets within a minute.
While Edmonton was out of this game early — Columbus scored on their first two shots — and never made up ground, it didn’t help that each and every step forward was pushed back against by the Blue Jackets.
The good news for the Oilers was that forward Patrick Maroon, acquired at the deadline from the Anaheim Ducks, has already made a palpable impact for the struggling club. The 27-year-old had two assists and a fight Friday, giving him three points in his two games with Edmonton.
Oh, and that McDavid guy quietly potted another goal and assist, giving him 13 goals and 34 points in 30 games this season.
Raanta excels filling in for Lundqvist
Thursday was an eventful night for Henrik Lundqvist.
He was run over by his own teammate, he flipped his goal net over and left the game with neck spasms.
The Lundqvist situation is notable for the two-minute penalty he was assessed for knocking off his net. The goaltending community was surveyed Friday, with some in support of their peer and some not.
Luckily for the New York Rangers, backup goalie Antti Raanta filled nicely on Friday.
Raanta made 32 saves and the Rangers held off the Washington Capitals with a 3-2 victory. Many of Raanta’s saves were high-calibre and came at crucial times. Though you can’t blame him for letting this rocket from T.J. Oshie get by:
Raanta, perhaps lost in translation:
He was showered and out of the arena in record time.