Jones earned a pair of secondary assists in Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. Jones is up to six points in five postseason games, but despite the solid individual numbers, the Jackets' blueliner certainly would have preferred a win over anything else Thursday. Even in a losing effort, Jones filled the stat sheet, dishing out three hits and blocking two shots, on top of his two assists. Expect more of the same from the 24-year-old when the two teams meet Saturday for Game 2.
Jones scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4. The stud blueliner wraps up Columbus' stunning first-round sweep of Tampa with two goals and two helpers in four games, with all but one of the goals coming with the man advantage. Jones figures to be a big part of the Jackets' attack when they take on either the Bruins or Leafs in the second round.
Jones scored the game-winning goal on the power play during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of their first-round series. The 24-year-old continues to make a habit of scoring clutch goals -- 11 of his 39 regular-season tallies for Columbus have been game-winners -- but his third-period goal in this one was his biggest yet. Jones now has two goals and 12 points in 18 career postseason games, and he'll likely need to keep coming up big if the Jackets are going to stage an improbable upset in this series.
Jones registered an assist in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Islanders. Jones was a secondary distributor on Cam Atkinson's empty-net goal from center ice. With that helper standing as the defenseman's only point in the last five games, it's been tough to ignore how Jones hasn't really shown up when his fantasy owners need him the most, but he's fashioned nine goals and 34 assists -- including nine helpers on the power play -- on the season to show that he's deserving of an early-to-middle-round pick next year.
Jones has averaged 28:59 of ice time over the last three games, and coach John Tortorella said those minutes will continue until Ryan Murray (upper body) returns, Tom Reed of The Athletic reports. Although Jones has just one point over the last three games, he's added nine shots on net, six hits and seven blocked shots. He'll likely continue that role for the remainder of the road trip, which finishes up Monday versus the Islanders. There's still no specific timetable for Murray's return.
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