Three Things: New Country, New Result? Laine Lights Up Home Crowd, Jenner's 600th

By Will Chase on November 4, 2022 at 5:11 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine and Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen during the 2022 NHL Global Series in Tampere, Finland.
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Fun times, abroad.

The Columbus Blue Jackets met the Colorado Avalanche in Tampere, Finland on Friday as part of the 2022 NHL Global Series.

Entering play, both teams had been off since last weekend when Columbus lost to the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 30, 7-1, at Prudential Center. The Avalanche came in having dropped their second straight decision on Oct. 29 to the New York Islanders, 5-4, on Long Island.

Nick Blankenburg returned to the Blue Jackets lineup after missing the previous three games due to an elbow injury.

Elvis Merzlikins made the start for Columbus, stopping 30 of 35 shots. Alexandar Georgiev made 36 of 39 saves as Colorado won 6-3.

New Country, New Result?


No matter where in the world the Blue Jackets met up to play the Avalanche, it was going to be a tough test. Even with the Avalanche still trying to find their game in the early part of the season.

Logan O'Connor (Alex Newhook, Erik Johnson) started the tone for Colorado, beating Elvis Merzlikins with a one-timer at 1:36 of period one.

J.T. Compher's (Devon Toews, Samuel Girard) power-play goal with six seconds left on the man advantage added to the first-period Avalanche lead. The goal was Compher's first this season.

Mikko Rantanen's (Evan Rodriguez, Nathan MacKinnon) second-period goal 35 seconds into the frame added to the lead before the strike went the other way.

Jake Voracek's (Patrik Laine, Zach Werenski) first goal of the season came five seconds into the Blue Jackets' second power play chance of the game. The power-play goal is the first for Columbus, breaking an 0-for-26 slump to start the season. They were 1-for-7 in the game while Colorado was 2-for-5.

It appeared the goal by Voracek was originally going to Laine, but while he settled for the assist on that scoring play, he struck gold with his first goal of the season a little later on to make it 3-2.

Sean Kuraly’s (Liam Foudy, Erik Robinson) game-tying goal brought the Blue Jackets all the way back from down 3-0 to all tied at three apiece at 2:23 of the third. The goal was originally credited to Foudy, which would have been his first career goal.


Friday's game marked Boone Jenner's 600th career NHL game, which passes Nick Foligno for third on the franchise's all-time games played list.

Finnish Connection

Of course, the Blue Jackets were represented by some Finns of their own including general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, Joonas Korpisalo, Laine, and even Kent Johnson.


The Blue Jackets finish their back-to-back with the Avalanche in Tampere, Finland on Saturday, Nov. 5. Saturday's game is set for 2:00 pm ET.