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Blue Jackets, Merzlikins beat Bobrovsky for second time this season, 1-0 in overtime

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS

Columbus: Z. Werenski (16)

Florida: None


GOALTENDERS
Columbus:
E. Merzlikins (32 saves, W, SO)

Florida: S. Bobrovsky (44 saves, OTL)

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BLUE JACKETS TEAM NOTES

  • Columbus extended its point streak to nine games (8-0-1) with the win.  It’s the club’s second-longest point streak this season (8-0-4; Dec. 9, 2019-Jan. 2, 2020).
  • The Blue Jackets have now won five-straight contests at Nationwide Arena and are 9-1-1 in their past 11 home games, outscoring opponents 35-14 over that span.
  • Columbus has picked up points in 14-straight games vs. Florida on home ice (13-0-1).
  • With the win, the Blue Jackets won the season series vs. the Panthers (2-1-0).  Columbus has won the past three season series between the two clubs and hasn’t lost a season series vs. the Panthers since 2007-08.
  • Columbus improved to 9-1-0 in its last 10 games vs. Florida overall and 14-2-1 at Nationwide Arena vs. the Panthers all-time.  The Jackets are 23-8-2 overall vs. the Panthers, with a .727 points pct. that is the club’s highest versus any NHL opponent.
  • It’s the fifth time in franchise history that the Blue Jackets have won a game 1-0 that required extra time.  Three of those games have been decided in overtime.  The last 1-0 final was Nov. 22, 2017 vs. Calgary with RW Josh Anderson scoring the overtime winner.
  • The Blue Jackets have won five-straight Tuesday affairs and have points in eight of the nine Tuesday games in the 2019-20 campaign (7-1-1).
  • Tonight was the third of four-straight games vs. Atlantic Division opponents for Columbus from Feb. 1-7.  The Blue Jackets have points in eight-straight vs. the division (6-0-2) and possess a 11-2-3 record against the division this season (16-3-3 since Feb. 22, 2019).
  • The Blue Jackets’ point streak vs. Eastern Conference opponents climbed to 17-straight games  with the win (13-0-4).  It’s tied for the 10th longest point streak against intraconference opponents since 1974-75 and the longest since the Boston Bruins had points in 18-straight games vs. the Eastern Conference from Dec. 16, 2017-Feb. 7, 2018 (16-0-3).
  • The result made it five-straight games for Columbus decided by a single goal.  The Blue Jackets have played a league-leading 33 one-goal contests (18-6-9).
  • Shots in the game favored, Columbus, 45-to-32.  The Blue Jackets 45 shots were their second-most in a game this season (12/5/19 vs. NYR, 47).
  • The Blue Jackets went 0-for-1 on the power play in the game.
  • Columbus went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill in the game, killing off a double-minor.  The Blue Jackets have killed off 27-of-29 penalties on home ice over their last 11 home games (93.1 pct.).  The club’s 93.1 pct. penalty kill rate at home since Dec. 16 leads the NHL.
  • Tonight’s attendance was a crowd of 17,811.

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BLUE JACKETS PLAYER NOTES

  • D Zach Werenski scored his second overtime winner of the season (Nov. 15 vs. STL) and fourth of his career.  It was his 16th goal of the season, tying the CBJ single-season record for goals by a defensemen that he and D Seth Jones set in 2017-18.  Werenski has 1-3-4 in his past six contests and 5-2-7 in his last five games vs. Florida.  His six shots in the game were tied for the CBJ lead.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins tied the league lead with his fourth shutout of the season with a 32-save effort.  His four shutouts all have come during his current seven-game win streak that began on Jan. 11 at Vegas.
  • D Seth Jones led all CBJ skaters with 26:13 TOI in the game.  He had three shots, two hits, three blocked shots and a takeaway in the contest.
  • C Boone Jenner, who also had six shots, won 12-of-20 faceoffs in the contest (60 pct.).
  • C Riley Nash won 8-of-12 faceoffs in the game (67 pct.).

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POST-GAME AUDIO

Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Cam Atkinson | Nick Foligno | Boone Jenner | Elvis Merzlikins | Zach Werenski

Panthers:

Coach Joel Quenneville | Sergei Bobrovsky | Mike Hoffman

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CBJ UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, February 7 vs. Detroit Red Wings – 7 pm ET at Nationwide Arena

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF BLUE JACKETS COMMUNICATIONS

 

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