Ramblings: Seattle Gets The Green Light, A 15-Goal Affair, Matthews, Trouba, and Hat Tricks (Dec. 5)

Cam Robinson



Calgary and Columbus combined for, wait for it, 15 goals on Tuesday night! It's been nearly two calendar years since we've had a 15 goal affair, and this one had some zip on it. The Blue Jackets jumped out to a 3-1 lead to chase David Rittich from the cage. Mike Smith was welcomed in by a quick goal by Cam Atkinson – his second of three tallies on the evening. The 29-year-old's 19 goals are fourth most in the NHL. His 30 points place him in the top-20 for all skaters. 


Atkinson is a difficult cat to get a read on. He pulled this level of play out of his hat through the first 40 games of 2016-17 before falling back down to earth and finishing with 62 points in 82 games. Then in 2017-18, he was stanky for much of the season, recording 22 points in 36 games before going off for 24 points in his final 19 games. That means that's he's produced 32 goals and 54 points in his previous 45 games.


Maybe we should start believing in him the way Dobber has for the last decade. 


But I digressed. Where were, we? Right, Calgary was down 4-1 early in the second frame. No worries, how about five unanswered second-period goals by the Flames to jump up 6-4. It's the fourth time this season that Calgary has dropped a five-spot on an opponent in one period. The other 30 teams have combined to accomplish that feat just three times. 


The final tally was 9-6 Flames. Sergei Bobrovsky was on the hoo