The Columbus Blue Jackets gave up two deflected goals in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday.
The Columbus Blue Jackets held a one-goal lead over the Colorado Avalanche with five minutes to play in regulation, but the second of two bad bounces led a 3-2 overtime loss at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday night.
Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog centered a pass in front of Columbus' net, but instead of clearing to the other side of the ice, the puck deflected off the skate of Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson and past goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winning tally with less than 40 seconds to play in the five-minute overtime period.
"That's just sports, life," Columbus defenseman Jack Johnson said. "Sometimes, it just doesn't go your way, but you've got to get one point, and every point counts."
Added forward Jared Boll, who returned Tuesday from ankle surgery after missing 52 straight games, "It's tough giving up a two-goal lead going into the third period, but we got a point and there's not a lot of time to think about it. They got a couple bounces, especially that one in OT, but that's part of hockey. We shouldn't have even given them a chance to come back there."
The first of the bad bounces gave the Avalanche their first goal of the game with 10:14 to play in the third period.
A shot off the stick of Marc-Andre Cliché was sent wide of Bobrovsky's net and deflected into the corner to the goaltender's stick side. Colorado's Brad Malone got to puck first and tried to send it back into the slot when it ricocheted off the stick blade of Columbus' Nick Foligno and into the net.
"It was a tough one, the one that went off of Foligno," forward Blake Comeau told Fox Sports Ohio after the loss. "After that, we've still got to buckle down.
"This is the time of year when you're up 2-0 in the third, you've got to shut things down. Unfortunately, we didn't and hopefully, we can learn from it. We got a point out of it, and you never know how important that can be down the road, so we've got to move on and get ready for the next game."
Despite the loss, the Blue Jackets picked up a point, their 83rd of the season, and remained in the eighth and final spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
"I don't look at it as a loss," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "Granted, one team won. They got two points, but we still got a point. A regulation loss where you don't get any points and who knows. With a 2-0 lead in the third period, a 2-1 lead with five minutes to go in the game, you'd like to get two points, but we did get one, and that might be a huge point. We'll find out in a couple weeks."