Three Things: Kids Like Chinakhov, Johnson Dazzle, Tarasov Sets A Career-High As Blue Jackets Beat Panthers

By Will Chase on November 20, 2022 at 9:10 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov makes a helmet save in the second period against the Florida Panthers at Nationwide Arena.
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That's a bit of a surprise.

Yegor Chinakhov scored a breakaway goal, Kent Johnson and Boone Jenner each scored on the power play, Sean Kuraly scored a short-handed goal, and Johnny Gaudreau added an even-strength goal to lift the Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers in a surprising win, 5-3, on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

Kuraly's sixth goal of the season gives him five points (four goals, one assist) in the last four games. The go-ahead short-handed goal at 1:57 of the third period was the first short-handed goal of his career. Jack Roslovic has the other short-handed goal for Columbus this season.

Gaudreau had a three-point night, adding two assists in addition to his goal. Jenner's team-leading eighth goal gives him a four-game points streak (four goals, two assists). Marcus Bjork, Eric Robinson, Andrew Peeke, Gus Nyquist, and Emil Bemstrom added assists.

Matthew Tkachuk, Aaron Ekblad, and Colin White scored for the Panthers. Tkachuk is on a four-game points streak (three goals, five assists). Gustav Forsling added two assists and has six in five straight games. Nick Cousins had two assists. Josh Majura had an assist.

Daniil Tarasov made a career-high 47 saves on 50 shots. It was his first game action since he came on in relief against the Boston Bruins on Oct. 28. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves on 23 shots. Bobrovsky's seven-game winning streak against the Blue Jackets came to an end.

Roslovic did not play (illness). Trey Fix-Wolansky made his season debut, playing 11:21 with two shots, a blocked shot, and had two hits while he was +1. Head coach Brad Larsen coached his 100th career game.

Yegor Bombs

It wasn't exactly a bomb but the result was just as nice.

Yegor Chinakhov turned on the jets after a steal and turned the play into an unassisted first-period breakaway goal. The tally tied the score at 1-1 at 11:21. With 10 points (three goals, seven assists) this season, Chinakhov has already matched his assists total from a season ago and appears poised to break the other scoring totals.


Tarasov had the game of his young NHL career. In his 10th career game, and sixth this season, Tarasov stopped a potent Florida attack, making a career-high 47 saves on 50 shots. His previous career-high of 43 saves came on opening night in a loss against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Panthers attempted 94 total shots and Tarasov earned his first win since Oct. 23 against the New York Rangers.

Tarasov's goals saved above expected was 0.63 per MoneyPuck. The Blue Jackets had 29 blocked shots to Florida's four. Vladislav Gavrikov had a team-high seven.

Top 10 Scoring Rookie

Originally credited to Johnson, the second-period power-play goal at 2:53 was later credited to Jenner, before going back to Johnson. Regardless of who gets the goal—it's Johnson's by the way—the tally gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead.

Johnson's goal is his fourth this season and he has nine points, which is good enough to place him in the top 10 among rookie scoring. The power-play goal is the first of his career.

Imagine if he was playing more than 12:36 a night.

Thanksgiving Eve

The Blue Jackets continue game five of the six-game homestand when the Montreal Canadiens come back into town on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 pm ET. The Blue Jackets defeated the Canadiens on Nov. 17, 6-4.

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