Three Things: Welcome Back Kirill Marchenko, Kent Johnson Benched, And A Bounce-Back Win

By Coby Maeir on November 2, 2023 at 10:27 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Kirill Marchenko (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets are back in the win column.

Thanks to a three-goal third period that included Johnny Gaudreau and Erik Gudbranson notching their first goals of the season, the Blue Jackets came from behind to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

With the win, the Jackets snapped their two-game pointless streak and four-game losing streak while improving to 4-4-2. 

Welcome Back, Kirill Marchenko

After watching the team's previous two games from the press box as a healthy scratch, Kirill Marchenko highlighted a solid first-period effort from the Jackets with his first goal of the season. 

Pascal Vincent has made it crystal clear that he's not afraid to scratch the team's promising young players (ex. Kent Johnson), so Marchenko, like the rest of the team, is going to have to earn his ice time. He did so on Thursday. 

Kent Johnson Benched

After a rough sequence on the power play, Johnson didn't play in the final 14:03 of the game and amassed just 8:45 of time on ice. According to, he recorded the worst game score among Blue Jackets at -1.43. Tonight was not his night and it'll be interesting to see if he's in the lineup on Saturday in Washington. 

A Bounce-Back Win

After a disappointing second period where the Blue Jackets posted just 0.06 expected goals at five-on-five according to, the entered the third down 2-1. However, Columbus showed its intangibles and fought back to win, recording 0.83 five-on-five expected goals which was more in line with the 1.12 five-on-five xG they registered in the first period. 

The Blue Jackets should be proud of this game because was a hard-earned victory. Will it provide momentum into Saturday's contest against the Capitals?

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