With two games on Wednesday in the books, we’re officially into the All-Star break. Columbus has to be particularly happy going into the festivities. With last night’s 4-3 victory over Winnipeg, the Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to six games. They’re now 27-16-8, which puts them in the first Wild Card slot. Columbus saw a number of key departures over the summer and starting goaltender Joonas Korpisalo has missed a significant chunk of the campaign, but the Blue Jackets have managed to overcome all that. John Tortorella has already won the Jack Adams Award twice before, but he’s got to be seen as a serious contender for a third win if the Blue Jackets manage to make the playoffs this year.
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COLUMBUS 4 WINNIPEG 3
Oliver Bjorkstrand scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets. It was his third consecutive multi-goal game.
Seth Jones contributed a goal and an assist for Columbus. That gives him five goals and 28 points in 51 contests.
Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 27 of 30 Jets shots. He extended his winning streak to five games.
At the other end of the ice, Laurent Brossoit turned aside 25 of 29 shots. He’s 4-6-0 with a 3.71 GAA and .883 save percentage in 15 contests.
Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor scored a goal and registered an assist. He has 25 goals and 50 points in 51 games.
MINNESOTA 4 DETROIT 2
Both of the Red Wings’ goals were scored by Filip Zadina. He’s up to eight goals and 15 points in 26 games.
Jimmy Howard stopped 29 of 33 shots Wednesday night. He has a 2-19-2 record, 4.12 GAA, and .883 save percentage in 23 starts.
Eric Staal scored a goal and registered an assist. That gives him 17 goals and 38 points in 50 contests.
Mats Zuccarello also had a goal and an assist for the Wild. He has 13 goals and 28 points in 46 games.
Devan Dubnyk turned aside 25 of 27 Red Wings shots. He’s 9-12-2 with a 3.28 GAA and .893 save percentage in 24 contests.