Nashville puts game away with 4 goals in 3rd period
The Blue Jackets start the season at 0-2 after dropping back to back games in Nashville.
- Nick Foligno notched his first goal of the season and the 196th of his NHL career.
- Alexandre Texier finished with a goal and an assist for his first points of the season.
- Defenseman Michael Del Zotto earned his first points as a member of the Blue Jackets, finishing with two assists.
Columbus held a 28-22 edge in shots on goal through two periods; it was a 27-22 edge for the CBJ on Thursday night. … Merzlikins finished with 28 stops. … Foligno also finished with six shots on goal to tie Atkinson for the team lead, while Werenski had five. … Del Zotto had five points in 25 games with Nashville in 2013-14. … For the second straight game, Columbus was 0-2 on the power play while Nashville was 0-3. … Boone Jenner saw his four-game goal streak against Nashville come to an end. … Columbus fell to 0-2-0 for the fourth time in the past six seasons (2015-16, 2016-17, 2019-20).
The Blue Jackets used the same 18-skater lineup as Thursday’s season opener, with the only change the insertion of Merzlikins in net. Forward Kevin Stenlund and defensemen Scott Harrington and Gabriel Carlsson were healthy scratches.
GAME RECAP COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS