With Three Goals In Three Games, Can Kent Johnson Make It Four On Friday Night Versus Bruins?

By Will Chase on October 28, 2022 at 1:45 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine celebrates his goal with forward Kent Johnson during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nationwide Arena.
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He's getting hot.

It took 14 career games—five this season—for Kent Johnson to score his first career goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

That momentous occasion occurred on Oct. 22.

At 3:57 of the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins, his goal put the Blue Jackets ahead, 3-1. Never mind Columbus lost that outing 6-3.

"It's huge," Johnson said. "It was really exciting in the moment. Big goal. Too bad it wasn't a win but I'll take it."

Prior to the goal, Johnson absorbed a hit by the goal line in the right far corner, collected himself, and patiently waited for the pass by Jack Roslovic as Johnson skated through the slot and beat Tristan Jarry. 

Turns out, all he needed was to notch the first goal for the rest to come in bunches.

Less than 24 hours later against the New York Rangers last Sunday at Madison Square Garden, Johnson scored the game's final goal at 14:57 to help propel the Blue Jackets past the Rangers, 5-1.

For that second goal, Johnson skated in from the right face-off circle toward the right front slot and tapped in Jake Voracek's pass for the tally past Jaroslav Halak.

Then on Tuesday, during a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes, Johnson continued the scoring streak at 17:24 of the third period for his third goal in three games.

For this goal, Cole Sillinger was set up behind the goal line. As Johnson skated towards Sillinger, the two connected as Johnson fired Sillinger's pass for a one-time goal past Connor Ingram.

Voracek GP TOI GF GA xGF/60 xGA/60
  7 44:22 4 1 2.62 2.89
Roslovic GP TOI GF GA xGF/60 xGA/60
  7 58:39 5 1 5.12 1.02

If the latest lines from practice are of any indication, it appears that Johnson could be playing with Boone Jenner and Gus Nyquist during Friday's game against the 7-1-0 Boston Bruins. The three have played 1:51 together. Johnson and Nyquist have combined for two goals for and one against in 9:12.

The results didn't bear fruit in that game against Arizona as the units were 0-for-5 for the night. The boos throughout the game are all you need to know but the power play is now a futile 0-for-20 on the season.