What a game by the rookie.
Kirill Marchenko scored his first career hat trick as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3, on Saturday in a shootout at Nationwide Arena. He also scored in the shootout.
Kent Johnson scored the deciding shootout goal and Patrick Laine also scored in the shootout. Joonas Korpisalo made the winning save and had 39 saves for the night. Johnson also had two assists and Marcus Bjork, Emil Bemstrom, and Cole Sillinger each had an assist.
Straight filth by Kent Johnson as he scores the deciding shootout goal. #CBJ pic.twitter.com/xfMdv7icGg— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 8, 2023
Max Pacioretty scored twice and Brady Skjei scored for the Hurricanes.
It's just Pacioretty's second game this season after missing the first 37 games of the year recovering from a torn Achilles.
Brady Skjei had an assist as did Seth Jarvis, Paul Stastny, Andrei Svechnikov, and Sebastian Aho.
Antti Raanta had 15 stops.
After Carolina scored three times as part of a combined five-goal second period, the Blue Jackets have allowed seven second-period goals in the last two games. The Hurricanes had 67 shots on net in a losing effort against the Nashville Predators on Thursday and 42 today. Erik Gudbranson led the Blue Jackets in 5v5 ice time (17:15). Carolina was 2-for-6 on the power play. Columbus was 2-for-5.
Kirill 'The Thrill' Marchenko
After a scoreless first period that featured little semblance of an offense from the Blue Jackets, Marchenko took matters into his own hands during the second period, scoring twice on the power play. The first goal came off a wraparound at 7:26. The second came at 9:02, and both times, it was Andrei Svechnikov in the penalty box for Carolina.
Wraparound and the reaction. pic.twitter.com/hB0ibBOEda— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 7, 2023
Marchenko from Johnson and Bjork. #CBJ
Twice as nice for Marchenko. Johnson his second assist and Bemstrom gets the assist. pic.twitter.com/Mm2u7Iixy2 #CBJ— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 7, 2023
He then decided he may as well cap off his first career hat trick, scoring the game-tying goal at 5:23 of the third period to tie the score at three. Marchenko is the first rookie with a hat trick this season.
Marchenko from Sillinger. #CBJ pic.twitter.com/PXz2XxYn2x— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 7, 2023
Sillinger earned his first point since Dec. 15, and just his second since Nov. 17, which was part of a three-game point streak.
Marchenko now has eight goals in 15 games. Starting the day on the fourth line, maybe he can be elevated up the lineup now. He led the game with three goals and eight shots, and was +1, in 13:49.
A hat trick, a shoot out goal, AND a win?— Bally Sports Columbus (@BallySportsCBUS) January 7, 2023
Today was a dream come true for Kirill Marchenko. #CBJ pic.twitter.com/dwdqj2Hfnn
Blue Jackets head athletic trainer Mike Vogt celebrated his 1,500th game with the club. While you might be asking why is that notable, specifically as a 'thing,' consider the numerous amount of injuries Vogt has had to contend with this year, and all the seasons prior. Plus it's a pretty cool and notable achievement.
Head Athletic Trainer Mike Vogt celebrating 1,500 games which is awesome. Obviously, he's been quite busy this season with all the injuries #CBJ— 1st Ohio Battery (@1stOhioBattery) January 7, 2023
NHL injury visualization. Man games lost to injuries and health protocols versus team wins. Bubble size represents cumulative quality of players lost for games (Lost-ps metric) https://t.co/44s29hcg0R pic.twitter.com/MYSzPesXQz— Man-Games Lost NHL (@ManGamesLostNHL) January 6, 2023
Rare ‘W’ VS Metro
Following an 11-game winning streak, the Hurricanes have dropped three in a row and are now 16-2-3 since Nov. 25.
With Saturday's win over Carolina, the Blue Jackets are now 4-8-1 inside Metropolitan Division play this season. They will stay inside the division for Sunday's late matinee tilt against the Washington Capitals in the nation's capital, who they lost to on Thursday, 6-2, at Nationwide Arena.
The Blue Jackets will face the Metro 13 more times this season.
To The Capital
The Blue Jackets travel to D.C. for the first time this season as they battle the Capitals for the second time in four days on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5:00 pm ET at Capital One Arena. The Capitals lost at home on Friday to the Predators, 3-2.