COLUMBUS, Ohio — After the Columbus Blue Jackets’ biggest offensive outburst of the season, forward Brandon Dubinsky was asked if he saw it coming.
“Something had to give, right?” he said.
Dubinsky had a goal and an assist and the Blue Jackets dominated against the NHL’s stingiest defense in a 6-2 victory over the Sharks on Monday night.
James Wisniewski and Nikita Nikitin added goals, Cody Goloubef picked up his first NHL goal and Vinny Prospal and Mark Letestu tied a franchise record by scoring 8 seconds apart in the third period. Nick Foligno and Matt Calvert each had two assists.
No wonder San Jose coach Todd McLellan was fuming after the game when asked for a brief summation of went wrong.
“Outworked? How about that?” he said after his club’s fifth straight defeat in the wake of a 7-0 start. “It’s pretty simple. The team that works the hardest wins. [We were] outworked, outexecuted, outdetailed, outgoaltended — out-a lot of things.”
The Sharks did not play like a team that flew into Columbus on Saturday and had only played one game in the last six days. The Blue Jackets, stuck in a three-game skid during which they couldn’t buy a goal, had played four games in that same span and were in action at home for the second night in a row.
San Jose came in allowing an NHL-low 1.82 goals per game. Columbus was next-to-last in the 30-team league scoring just 1.92 goals a game.
Yet Columbus scored 43 seconds into the game, added two goals 1:11 apart in the second period and then scored three goals in the opening 5:45 of the final period.
Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored the Sharks’ two goals.