Blue Jackets’ Alexander Wennberg scores Aim of the Yr candidate

My goodness, Alexander Wennberg, that was fairly a objective.

In his staff’s mid-afternoon Three-1 playoff victory over the Lightning, the Blue Jackets ahead pulled off a transfer that not solely mystified veteran defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk but additionally froze netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Together with his staff altering strains within the third interval, Wennberg skated alone into the Tampa Bay zone down the precise facet — with three Bolts within the zone, thoughts you — went between the legs, kicked the puck to his stick after which flipped it over Vasilevskiy.

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“I’ve tried it earlier than,” Wennberg stated postgame, including that he was glad he gave his staff a two-goal cushion. “Clearly, it labored out actually good this time . . . however it’s not typically it really works that nice and I am simply glad that it did at this time limit.”

“We have seen it in follow lots,” famous teammate Pierre-Luc Dubois.

The objective was Wennberg’s first since he scored within the first sport of the qualifying spherical in opposition to the Maple Leafs. The 25-year-old has simply 40 profession objectives, together with 5 within the 2019-20 common season, however this was positively one of many prettier ones.

“Clearly it is a actually large objective for us to offer us a bit of little bit of room,” coach John Tortorella stated. “He is had an up-and-down few weeks right here. He is starting to solidify his sport. [He] was a vital man in immediately’s sport, not simply the objective, however he was put in a variety of totally different conditions. He was essential.”

With the win Thursday, Columbus evened its Jap Convention first-round collection with Tampa Bay 1-1. Recreation Three is scheduled for Three p.m. ET Saturday.

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