The losing streak extends to three.
The Devils highlighted capped off a first period where they outshot the Blue Jackets 18-5 with a goal by Fabian Zetterlund, who beat Elvis Merzlikins to the blocker side after Merzlikins was out of position following a wrap-around attempt.
Fabian fires away. pic.twitter.com/4LS4j8DW7Q— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 30, 2022
The goal came with 2:50 left in the period that could have been much worse for the Jackets.
The Devils added to their lead 3:22 into the second period with a goal by Nico Hischier from the left circle that Merzlikins would want to have back.
Smooth Swiss King pic.twitter.com/QCyWp9GI77— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 30, 2022
New Jersey scored just 33 seconds later when Ryan Graves, who wears number 33, fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle over the glove side of Merzlikins.
Its all Gravy baby! pic.twitter.com/E1EQ5UoPbg— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 30, 2022
The Jackets showed a sign of life when Kent Johnson prevented a Devils clearance, found Cole Sillinger, who found Yegor Chinakov who fired a shot from the top of the left circle by Devils goalie Vitek Vanecek for his second goal of the season with 13:21 left in the period.
With 42 seconds left in the game, Nathan Bastian took an extra hack at Merzlikins which caused several Jackets players to come to their goalie's defense. Merzlikins was given a roughing minor and Bastian was penalized for slashing.
Just 20 seconds later, John Marino picked off a pass by Andrew Peeke and scored on a shot from the right circle that Merzlikins got a piece of with his glove to extend the Devils' lead to 4-1.
JOHNNY. HOCKEY. pic.twitter.com/YZvnQ1DpDr— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 30, 2022
Jonas Siegenthaler scored on the power play when he was wide open from the right doorstep to finish a loose puck to put New Jersey up 5-1 less than four minutes into the third period.
Jesper Bratt added the sixth Devils goal with 7:13 left when he was left wide open at the right circle as he finished home a one-timer from Jack Hughes.
In the immortal words of Ken Daneyko, OH MY!!! pic.twitter.com/5oRBnhN3mR— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) October 30, 2022
Miles Wood scored the seventh and final goal for the Devils when he beat David Jiricek to a loose puck and shelved a backhand shot past Merzlikins just two minutes after Bratt scored.
The Jackets now fall to 3-7-0 and have dropped their last three games.
- Shots on goal: CBJ 20-52 NJD
- Power play: CBJ 0/2 - 1/3 NJD
- Face-off %: CBJ 44.6-55.4 NJD
- Giveaways: CBJ 4-2 NJD
- Takeaways: CBJ 5-7 NJD
- Blocked shots: CBJ 21-12 NJD
- Hits: CBJ 27-13 NJD
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected goals: CBJ 0.83-3.19 NJD
- Shots: CBJ 18-34 NJD
- Chances: CBJ 34-63 NJD
- Scoring chances: CBJ 9-27 NJD
- High-danger chances: CBJ 1-12 NJD
The Jackets recalled goaltender Joonas Korpisalo from Cleveland.
The Jackets travel to Tampere, Finland to take on the Avalanche for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday. Both games begin at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio, NHL Network, and 97.1 FM The Fan.