Three Things: Boone Jenner's 628th, Pair Of Blue Jackets Rookies Among Top Scoring Rooks, Kent Johnson Breaks Shutout

By Will Chase on January 29, 2023 at 1:13 am
Seattle Kraken' Jared McCann shoots the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena.
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A long flight back home.

Morgan Geekie, Alexander Wennberg, and Eeli Tolvanen scored for the Seattle Kraken, who beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 3-1, at Climate Pledge Arena on Saturday night in Seattle.

Brandon Tanev, Carson Soucy, Jordan Eberle, Jared McCann, and Oliver Bjorkstrand all had assists. Bjorkstrand is on a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists).

Kent Johnson scored for Columbus and Jack Roslovic picked up the point on the assist. Columbus finished their western Canadian road trip going 1-2-1.

Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves in the win while Elvis Merzlikins made 28 stops.

Wennberg played in his 600th career game. Across six seasons with the Blue Jackets, he played in 415 games, scoring 201 points (40 goals, 161 assists). Head Equipment Manager, Jamie Healy, worked his 2,000th career professional hockey game. Saturday's contest marked the Blue Jackets' 1,700th all-time game. Bjorkstrand played in his first game against his former team since the Blue Jackets made the trade with Seattle on July 22. Columbus placed Gus Nyquist on injured reserve (upper body, out indefinitely) and claimed Lane Pederson off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks. Pederson played 10:58 on the first line for the Canucks on Friday versus Columbus. Jake Christiansen was recalled by the Blue Jackets ahead of the game. Adam Boqvist missed the game due to an upper-body injury.

Boone Jenner's 628th

After tying Cam Atkinson for second on the franchise list for games played in Friday's loss at the Vancouver Canucks, Jenner passed Atkinson on Saturday in the tilt against the Kraken. Jenner trails Rick Nash (674) by 46 games for first on the franchise's all-time list.

Scorching Marchenko

Marchenko was cooled off on Saturday, but he came into the day sizzling, with four goals in three straight games following six straight games without one. 

As Marchenko continues to score, he's soaring up the rookie goal-scoring charts.

Entering play tied for second among rookies with 13 goals, Marchenko is four behind Seattle's Matty Beniers, who leads all rookies with 17 tallies and 36 points. Beniers missed Saturday's game after absorbing a hit by Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers on Wednesday.

In case you're wondering, Marchenko is seven goals shy of the Blue Jackets rookie record set by Pierre-Luc Dubois, who scored 20 goals in 2017-18. In 1926-27, Pit Lepine scored 16 goals to go with zero assists for the season. Joe Malone started his career with 16 goals and zero assists before finishing the 1917-18 season with 44 goals and four assists.

Marchenko started Saturday's game on the first line with Johnny Gaudreau and Jenner. Gaudreau was struck by a slapshot on his first shift but played 21:00. Entering Saturday, Marchenko was on pace for 22 goals in 44 games.

Kent Johnson Breaks Shutout

The Blue Jackets' offensive game was rather offensive for most of the first 40 minutes before Johnson's goal at 18:58.

If you watched this one, you know how hard it was for the Blue Jackets to muster any offense before a third-period push, when they outshot Seattle, 12-4, but allowed a third goal by Tolvanen.

In addition to Marchenko, Johnson came into the day sixth among rookies with nine goals. His 10th of the season against Seattle places him in a tie for fifth.

On the other side, Merzlikins let in a trio of goals, but he played well, for the most part, to keep the team in it.

Home Sweet Home

The Blue Jackets are back at home on Tuesday, Jan. 31 to face the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena. It's the last game before the All-Star Break and the bye week before Columbus faces the Toronto Maple Leafs for a home-and-home on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11. The Jackets fell to the Capitals, 6-2, on Jan. 5 in Columbus and 1-0 on Jan. 8 in D.C.

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