Blue Jackets’ Elvis Merzlikins shines, Max Domi units Nationwide Area alight – [Update News]

COLUMBUS, Ohio — 5 observations from the Blue Jackets’ 3-0 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday at Nationwide Area:

Domi dials it up

It’s one of many cardinal guidelines of hockey, and Blue Jackets ahead Max Domi broke it with a smile on his face Wednesday.

The Blue Jackets had been clinging to a 1-0 lead early within the third interval when play was blown lifeless by officers as a result of Columbus was offside. As a substitute of gathering the puck, and flipping it to officers, Domi adopted its path towards Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and flipped it into the online.

You may say all Hellebuyck broke unfastened.

“Clearly, (Domi) knew what he was doing,” Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski mentioned, sheepishly. “The second he put it in, he simply circled ready for somebody to return at him. I believe that stuff fires him up.”

The Jets descended on Domi like a pack of feral wolves. If this had been the Eighties, the benches would have cleared. Domi was slashed by Winnipeg’s Evgeny Svechnikov, then emerged from the horde with Svechnikov and proceeded to land a number of punches, largely uppercuts to the younger Russian, who by no means eliminated his gloves.