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NHL Preseason Game 2: Pittsburgh uses top players in 4-1 win over Blue Jackets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elvis Merzlikins played well in goal for the Jackets

Sonny Milano scored the lone goal. Playing well in preseason

Facing a Pittsburgh team that played many of its top offensive threats, the Blue Jackets fell into holes of 1-0 and 2-1 before eventually giving up two goals in a 23-second span of the third period, Thursday night in Pittsburgh, where Columbus dropped a 4-1 final to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena. The Blue Jackets’ preseason record evened at 1-1.

GAME NOTES:

* In his first-ever action in the Blue Jackets cage in a preseason game, goaltender Elvis Merzlikins performed well, stopping 17 of 18 shots against in just over 29 minutes of work.

* Sonny Milano continued what has been a productive start to camp, scoring his second goal of the preseason.

* Six players played both Thursday night and in the preseason lid-lifter Tuesday - Emil Bemstrom, Stenlund, Brandon Dubinsky, Milano, Zac Dalpe and Vladislav Gavrikov

* Scott Harrington led the Blue Jackets with six shots on goal.

* Matt Murray played the entire game in the Pittsburgh net and made 26 saves on 27 Blue Jackets shots.

* Veini Vehvilainen, in his North American debut, made 14 saves on 17 shots.

* Columbus finished 0-for-5 on the power play while Pittsburgh was 1-2.

Roster Report

The Blue Jackets used the following lines for the game.

Nyquist-Wennberg-Bemstrom

Stenlund-Dubinsky-Milano

Lilja-Dalpe-Dano

Hannikainen-MacInnis-Robinson

Harrington-Carlson

Collins-Gavrikov

Karlsson-Savard

Next game

Columbus hosts the Penguins on Saturday in preseason game No. 3 at 2 p.m.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Jeff Svoboda; COURTESY COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS