Three Things: Boone Jenner Returns, Cole Sillinger Sits, Is Laine About To Break Out?, Merzlikins Turning A Corner?

By Will Chase on January 14, 2023 at 10:02 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine celebrates his goal with Johnny Gaudreau during the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena.
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Breaking a goal drought in style.

The Columbus Blue Jackets scored three first-period goals in a span of 2:43 and added another in the second period to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, on Saturday at Little Caesars Arena. The win breaks a 10-game road losing streak.

Patrik Laine scored his 10th career hat trick, including two first-period goals in 2:43, to break a nine-game goal drought. He's on a three-game point streak (three goals, three assists).

Vladislav Gavrikov added his third goal of the year and first in regulation this season. It's the first time this season the Blue Jackets have scored three goals in the first period.

Johnny Gaudreau and Jack Roslovic each had two assists. Kent Johnson, Emil Bemstrom, Nick Blankenburg, and Adam Boqvist added assists. Boqvist has four straight games with an assist, and five in the last six games he's played going back to Dec. 31. Roslovic picked up the 100th and 101st points of his Blue Jackets career and is now tied for second on the team with 22 points with Laine and Boone Jenner.

Olli Maatta, Jake Walman, and Lucas Raymond scored for the Red Wings. Maatta was credited with the tally after Mathieu Olivier inadvertently pushed the puck into the net in the third period when trying to corral the loose puck out of the blue paint. Walman is on a four-game point streak (three goals, one assist). Raymond is on a three-game point streak (three goals, four assists).

Dominik Kubalik, Dylan Larkin, Filip Hronek, and Ben Chiarot picked up assists. Kubalik is on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists). Larkin is on a three-game point streak (one goal, four assists). Hronek led the Red Wings with five points (two goals, three assists) against Columbus this season.

Elvis Merzlikins saved 25 shots while Ville Husso made 21 saves.

The Red Wings won the season series against Columbus (2-1-0).

Boone Jenner Returns, Cole Sillinger Sits

Cole Sillinger was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career tonight.

Is Laine Getting Hot?

We've seen it before.

Laine went through a rut and then he broke out in a big way on a Saturday night in Hockeytown to secure the hat trick. Two goals in 2:43, bookending the Blue Jackets' first-period scoring and ending a nine-game goal drought dating back to Dec. 17. Laine did have three assists in the last two games entering play on Saturday.

Here's the first goal at 12:47 and a nice feed from Gaudreau. Roslovic also added the first of two assists.

Merzlikins Turning A Corner?

Not to be outdone by the offense, or forgotten rather was the goalie in the crease for the Blue Jackets.

Merzlikins was in the midst of turning in one of his better games of the season with 40 shutout minutes. After being the victim of a tough-luck 1-0 loss last Sunday against the Washington Capitals, Merzlikins and the Blue Jackets held on to pick up the 4-3 win on Saturday.

Merzlikins has allowed at least three goals in 13 of 15 starts this season. He had a start against the Flyers on Nov. 15 in which he allowed two goals but didn't finish the start due to injury.

The first goal that got past Merzlikins at 5:50 of the third period was an unlucky play off Olivier's stick as he was trying to corral the puck out of the blue paint and pushed it through, giving Maatta the official goal.

Detroit's furious rally fell short as they picked up three third-period goals and outshot Columbus 12-3 in the third period and 28-25 for the game. Merzlikins picks up his first win since Dec. 11 against the Los Angeles Kings and is now 5-11-0.

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The Blue Jackets return home to face the New York Rangers on Monday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 pm ET. The Blue Jackets defeated the Rangers, 5-1, on Oct. 23 at Madison Square Garden. 

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