Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Avalanche leads Blue Jackets 2-0 in overtime loss

Two spectacular comebacks from both teams set off late night fireworks at the Ball Arena on Wednesday night.

In what turned into a three-point game, the Columbus Blue Jackets did it in overtime to take two for three from the avalanche.

With a chance to climb above .500 for the first time since winning their season opener, injury-plagued AVS allowed four goals in a row before rallying to overtime with late heights from JT Komper and Bo Byram. took a lead of -0.

The Blue Jackets scored 1:12 in overtime for a 5-4 victory.

Forwards Jake Bean and Cole Silinger scored two goals each for Columbus, which was won by Bean in the OT. The Blue Jackets went from a 2-0 deficit to 6-3. The AVS, who led 10–3 to start the third period, fell 4–4–1 and broke their two-game winning streak.

Colorado, who received a sensational two-goal, three-point performance from Byram, a 20-year-old defenseman, received a 4-3 delay in the third period on Komper’s redirection from his shot from point. Byram then scored his second goal of the game in a 6-on-5 sequence, with goalkeeper Jonas Johansson pulling for an extra attacker.

“I thought we were lucky we got a point,” Byram said after the first three-figure game of his career. “We were in the driver’s seat there, and just came out in third, and the bounce, the turnover, everything combined and we ended up in a hole. You would never want to be in that position late in the third period. You Not going to score two (three) minutes left in every game.”

“They were tougher than just third,” said AVS captain Gabe Landeskog, who had three assists. ‘He got some bounces, we made some mistakes. It’s not a good combination. Lets find a way, bring it to OT, but not enough.”

AVS received second-period goals from forwards Logan O’Connor and Byram to take a 2–0 lead. Landeskog and Nazem Qadri had both assisted, and Johansson was working on his second career NHL shutout.

Johansson, who started before Darcy Kumper, was pegged as the AVS No. 3 goalkeeper until Pavel Françoise suffered a lower body injury in a preseason game and is still on injured reserve.

AVS coach Jared Bedner said of Johansson, “There were times tonight I didn’t mind our goalkeeper,” allowing five goals on 37 shots. “If you go back to the goals we missed, I didn’t like any of them. They’re all preventable, and not preventable because they were just some fancy drama we faced. They all work -based, or lacked work.”

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In addition to their No. 2 goalkeeper, AVS were also without top-pair defenseman Kale Makar and top-six forwards Miko Rentanen, Andre Burakovsky and Valery Nichushkin. They are still missing defenseman Devon Toes, who has yet to start his season with François.

Down 2-0, Columbus halved its deficit in the second period. Bean scored from the right circle with a disguised wrist shot that leaked through Johansson’s legs. The Blue Jackets tied 2-2 in the third period 1:13 on Silinger’s first goal – a deflection from a pass from the corner – then took their first lead when Silinger tapped into Gabriel Carlsen’s feed at 4:26.

Columbus captain Boone Jenner capitalized on his own rebound at 8:56 for a 4-2 lead.

“I like the flexibility at the end (but) you can feel the change in the game in the second period,” Bednar said. “I know it’s not our full team in the lineup tonight, but it’s the youngest team in the league, (the Blue Jackets).”

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