Left winger Nick Foligno said that the Blue Jackets' performance was "disgusting." Columbus coach Todd Richards was somewhat more measured with his comments, though he did essentially accuse his players of giving up in the third period, when the Blue Jackets attempted just four shots on goal.
"How we played the third period,” Richards told the Columbus Dispatch. “We were just playing to run the clock out. To me, as a coach you watch certain things and certain players to see how they're going to respond in tough situations … well, we had guys who just wanted to get the game over with, which I'm really disappointed with.”
As has become customary following embarrassing defeats, the Blue Jackets held a players only meeting after the game in an attempt to clear the air. The timing of this poor showing is especially curious, given that Columbus played perhaps its best hockey just a couple days ago, defeating Ottawa 4-1 on Sunday.
Richards questioned his team's identity in his postgame remarks, and he referred to last year's squad as a unit that knew "how we wanted to play and how we needed to play."
"'Disappointed' is the biggest word," Richards said, according to the paper. "To come off the best three periods we've played all season, and this is definitely the worst three periods we've played all season."