Covid-break didn’t hurt Jackets as they win 4-3 in shootout against Nashville

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS
Columbus:
 B. Jenner (12), P. Laine (4), A. Texier (10), S0 – G. Nyquist
Nashville: 
M. McCarron (1), N. Cousins (4), PP – R. Johansen (9)

GOALTENDERS
Columbus:
 E. Merzlikins (31 saves, SOW)
Nashville: 
D. Rittich (26 saves, SOL)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

  • Columbus improved to 15-13-1 (10-3-1 at home) after tonight’s shootout as the club stretched its home points streak to six-straight games (5-0-1).
  • The Blue Jackets’ 10 wins and 21 points through the first 14 home games are tied for the most in franchise history (wins, 2016-17, 2017-18; points, 2016-17).
  • Columbus has earned its victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in ten of the 15 wins including tonight’s shootout win.
  • CBJ earned an NHL-high fifth win when trailing heading into the third period after trailing 3-2 tonight.
  • The Blue Jackets have scored three-plus goals in 19 of their contests this season and four-plus in 13 of them (incl. SO goals), including four of the last seven outings.  The club is 12-1-0 when scoring four goals or more in a contest this season.
  • The home team in the series improved to 9-1-1 in the last 11 games of the series, including each team winning its home game in 2021-22.
  • The winning team in the series has scored three-plus goals in 19 of the last 20 meetings and four-plus in 15 of the last 20 outings.
  • CBJ improved to 7-0-1 in OT/SO this season after tonight’s shootout win with seven victories ranking second in the NHL, trailing only Tampa Bay (8).  The Blue Jackets are tied for the NHL lead in shootout victories (3-1).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

·        C Boone Jenner registered his fourth multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist (12-7-19 in 29 GP).

·        C Alexandre Texier scored his 10th goal of the campaign and now has 3-4-7 with two multi-point games in his last seven contests (10-7-17 in 29 GP).

·        LW Patrik Laine scored his fourth goal of the season in his first game back since Nov. 3rd due to an oblique strain injury.

·        RW Jakub Voracek tallied his team-leading 22nd assist and 18th primary helper of the campaign.  He has points in eight of the last nine home games (1-7-8, overall 1-22-23 in 29 GP).

·        D Vladislav Gavrikov recorded his 12th assist of the campaign, ranking fourth on the team in helpers (2-12-14 in 29 GP).

·        D Adam Boqvist tallied an assist and has points in five of the last six home games (4-2-6, overall 6-4-10 in 19 GP).

·        LW Eric Robinson had his 126-game playing streak snapped after missing tonight’s game.  The streak dated back to Dec. 7, 2019.

·        RW Oliver Bjorkstrand saw his 84-game playing streak come to an end after missing tonight’s game.  The streak started at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.

·        G Elvis Merzlikins improved to 10-1-1 at Nationwide Arena this season.

POST-GAME VIDEO INTERVIEWS

HC Brad Larsen  F Boone Jenner  |  F Patrik Laine | F Alexandre Texier

CBJ UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Friday, December 31              Practice – 12pm ET at Nationwide Arena

Saturday, January 1                vs. Carolina Hurricanes – 1pm ET at Nationwide Arena

Sunday, January 2                   No Practice

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