Columbus scores three points in 3rd period to beat Colorado 4-2


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

It was also Columbus’ second consecutive victory.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with 30 seconds left, after Cole Sillinger’s goal 32 seconds earlier and Alexandre Texier’s goal with around six and a half minutes to go. Gabriel Carlsson also scored, while Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots and added an assist for his fifth win this year.

“I love the way we came out in third,” said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen. “We came to win a game. They wanted to go for this victory. It’s a good sign for a young hockey team.


Andre Burakovsky scored twice for the Avalanche and Darcy Kuemper made 38 saves.

“Tonight we got off to a good start, but we were frustrated that we couldn’t get any power play,” said Avalanche coach Jared Bednar. “We didn’t react when we needed to and their last spells against us showed it.”

Colorado dominated puck possession early on, but Columbus jumped onto the board first at 11:44 of the opening period when Jakub Voracek pushed defenders back along the board and found a Carlsson loaded for his. first goal of the season.

The assist was Voracek’s 10th of the season and fifth in three games, extending his points streak to three games. Yegor Chinakhov got his first point in the NHL with the second assist.

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

Burakovsky, back after missing Colorado’s last game with a lower-body injury, tied the score to 1 with a Nazem Kadri receiving shot with about four minutes left in the first. It was his second goal of the season and his first since October 16. Nadri has amassed points in four straight games and four assists in his last two games.

Burakosvsky then made it 2-1 in Colorado in a quick second period on an unassisted backhand over Merzlikins’ right shoulder at 13:16.

Columbus, however, was far from finished. Texier tied the score at 2 with a pass from Eric Robinson past Kuemper with about six minutes left in the third, with Merzlikins getting his first assist on the clearance pass.

“We used our speed,” Texier said. “(Robinson) played a really good game. I didn’t think too much. I just sprinted towards the net.

Sillinger deflected a Chinakhov shot for his third goal in two games, and Bjorkstrand added an empty net with 30 seconds left.

“We’re all in very good shape,” Sillinger said. “You can skate like that for 60 minutes. Believing that we can do it is a great thing. If you don’t believe it, it won’t happen.

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

Both teams were unsuccessful on the power play, going 0-8.

“We played a bit loose towards the end,” said Burakovsky. “We have to be stronger at the end. We have turned the puck too many times. We need to play harder and fulfill our roles better.

INJURY UPDATE

The Blue Jackets played without Patrik Laine, who suffered an oblique injury at the end of Columbus’ 5-4 overtime win Wednesday night at Colorado. Laine is second on the team in points (10) and has two game-winning goals this season. He is estimated to be absent for four to six weeks. … Max Domi of Columbus remained in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19.

WELCOME, PART 1

Colorado forwards Mikko Rantanen and Burakovsky, as well as defenseman Devon Toews returned for Colorado after missing time with injuries. Rantanen missed three games with a lower body injury, Burakovsky missed one with the same and Toews made his season debut after shoulder surgery in the offseason.

WELCOME, PART 2

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

FOLLOWING

Avalanche: welcomes Vancouver Thursday evening.

Blue Jackets: Host Washington Friday Night.


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