Friday, November 26, 2021

Columbus scored three goals in the third period to beat Colorado 4-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Blue Jackets extended their winning streak to three games on Saturday night after beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 with a third period of three goals.

It was also Columbus’ second consecutive victory.

Oliver Björkstrand scored with 30 seconds remaining in the game, 32 seconds before Cole Silinger and nearly six and a half minutes after Alexandre Texier. Gabriel Carlsen also scored, while Elvis Merzlikins intercepted 33 shots and added an assist for his fifth win this year.

“I like how we came in third,” said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larson. “We came to win a game. They wanted to achieve that victory. This is a very good sign for the youth hockey team.”

Andre Burakovsky scored twice for the Avalanche, and Darcy Kumper scored 38 saves.

“We got off to a good start tonight, but were disappointed that we couldn’t take advantage of any power plays,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “We didn’t react when we needed to and their last round against us showed that.”

Colorado grabbed the puck early, but Columbus jumped on the board at 11:44 in the opening period, when Jakob Vorasek fought the defenders along the board and charged Carlsen for his first goal of the season.

The assist was Voracek’s 10th of the season and fifth in three games, extending his point streak to three games. Yegor Chinkhov earned his first NHL point with a secondary assist.

“Jake looked like he had the legs of a 20-year-old tonight,” Larsen said of Voracek, 32. “He was flying.”

Burakowski, who came back after missing Colorado’s last game due to a lower body injury, scored with a one-time player from Nazem Qadri on 1 with almost four minutes left in the first. The goal was his second of the season and his first since 16 October. Nadri has points in four straight games and four assists in his last two games.

At 13:16 Burakowski made it 2-1 Colorado amid a fast-paced second period on an unassisted backhander on Merzlikins’ right shoulder.

However, Columbus was far from doing so. Texier fired an Eric Robinson feed from Kuemper’s pass to keep the score at 2 with almost six minutes left in the third, with Merzlikins earning his first assist on a clearing pass.

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“We used our momentum,” Texier said. “(Robinson) made a great play. I didn’t think much. I just went to the net.”

Silinger fired a Chinkhov shot for his third goal in game two, and Björkstrand added a blank-netter with 30 seconds remaining in the game.

“We’re all in really good shape,” Silinger said. “We can skate like this for 60 minutes. Believing that we can overcome this is a big deal. If you don’t believe, it’s not going to happen.”

Columbus won for the fifth time this season after scoring for the first time and made the team’s best 10-game start 7-3-0.

Both teams failed in the power play and were joint 0-8.

‘We played a little loose at the end,’ Burakovsky said. “We need to come out strong in the end. We have turned the puck several times. We have to work harder and play our roles better.”

injury update

The Blue Jackets played without Patrick Line, who suffered an oblique stretch late in Columbus’ 5-4 overtime win on Wednesday night in Colorado. Line is second in the team in points (10) and has two game winning goals in the season. He is expected to remain sidelined for four to six weeks. …Max Domi of Columbus remains in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

welcome back, part 1

Colorado forwards Miko Rentenen and Burakowski, as well as defenseman Devon Toes, returned to Colorado after missing time due to injuries. Rantenen missed three games with a lower body injury, Burakowski missed one with the same, and Toes began his season following off-season shoulder surgery.

welcome back part 2

The Blue Jackets paid tribute to defenseman Ryan Murray, who signed with Colorado in August as a free agent. Other Columbus connections to the Avalanche included forward Jack Johnson, who played seven seasons with the Blue Jackets and served as an alternate captain, and Columbus-born Kiefer Sherwood who played three seasons for the AAA Blue Jackets.

next

Avalanche: Host Vancouver Thursday Night.

Blue Jackets: Friday Night Host Washington.

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