Three Things: Shaking Things Up, Kirill Marchenko Is Good, Bedard Bowl II

By Will Chase on December 31, 2022 at 4:10 pm
Chicago Blackhawks' Seth Jones and Columbus Blue Jackets' Kirill Marchenko chase down a loose puck during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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Going out with more of a bang than a whimper.

Emil Bemstrom scored a power-play goal, Gus Nyquist scored twice while short-handed, and Kirill Marchenko scored an even-strength goal to help the Columbus Blue Jackets end a seven-game losing streak and beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, on Saturday at Nationwide Arena.

Johnny Gaudreau had two assists, and Adam Boqvist, Jack Roslovic, Gavin Bayreuther, and Sean Kuraly had assists. Nyquist is on a four-game point streak (one goal, three assists). Roslovic is also on a four-game point streak (five assists).

Andreas Athanasiou scored for the Blackhawks. Isaak Phillips had an assist for the first point of his NHL career.

Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves on 27 shots. Alex Stalock stopped 34 of 37 shots.

After playing in all 82 games last season, Andrew Peeke was a healthy scratch on Saturday. Elvis Merzlikins backed up Korpisalo as Daniil Tarasov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury suffered in Friday's practice.

Shaking Things Up

There were lineup changes on Thursday against the New York Islanders in an attempt to stop the losing streak. Coming up short in a 2-1 loss, head coach Brad Larsen went to the well again, putting Johnny Gaudreau back with Kent Johnson and Kirill Marchenko on the first line.

After both Roslovic and Bemstrom played with Gaudreau on the top line on Thursday, they were back on the second line with Nyquist.

It looks like it might have worked. In the first period at 18:40 on the power play, Bemstrom scored and Gaudreau and Boqvist picked up the assists.

Kirill Marchenko Is Good

Marchenko's goal with three seconds left in the second period gave him his fifth goal and the Blue Jackets a 3-1 lead.

Bedard Bowl No. 2

Both the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets came into play with a combined record of 18-44-6.

In the first meeting between both clubs in Chicago on Dec. 23, the Blackhawks did not resemble a team that entered play losers of 16 in 17 games. After a 4-0 lead, they held on to beat the Blue Jackets, 5-2.

Entering Saturday's action, Chicago came in last in the NHL standings, and only two points behind the Blue Jackets.

Athanasiou has eight goals this season and two goals against Columbus in eight days. His prior points came on Nov. 23 against the Dallas Stars.

Former Blue Jackets Max Domi and Seth Jones were honored in their first return to Nationwide Arena. Jones missed last year's return after a positive COVID test kept him out of the lineup.


The Blue Jackets will travel to Canada to take on the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 7:00 pm ET. The Senators are at the Detroit Red Wings later tonight.