Three Things: Speaking The Same Language, Playing With A Lead, Martin Picks Up Second Win

By Will Chase on November 27, 2023 at 10:20 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Ivan Provorov celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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A night removed from what would have been their most impressive victory, the Columbus Blue Jackets turned in their biggest win.

Yegor Chinakhov had two points with a goal and an assist, and Dmitri Voronkov, Ivan Provorov, Kirill Marchenko, and Justin Danforth each scored to lift the Blue Jackets over the Boston Bruins 5-2 Monday night at Nationwide Arena.

Boone Jenner had two assists, and David Jiricek, Cole Sillinger, Patrik Laine, and Sean Kuraly picked up a point.

Spencer Martin made 31 saves for his second win of the season.

Matthew Poitras and Johnny Beecher scored for Boston. Charlie McAvoy, Danton Heinen, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Trent Frederic had assists.

Jeremy Swayman made 17 saves and was pulled after allowing two goals. Linus Ullmark made 19 saves in relief.

The win is the Blue Jackets' first over the Bruins since Jan. 14, 2020, snapping an 0-3-3 skid.

Speaking The Same Language

For the second straight night, the Blue Jackets had a 2-0 lead. This time, they kept adding to it.

Voronkov started the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in the first period at 15:52, with Chinakhov picking up an assist.

Playing With A Lead

The Blue Jackets have scored first in seven of their last nine games and first in their previous four games, including tonight.

A night after blowing a 2-0 third-period lead to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Jackets had the three-goal lead entering the final period of play.

There would be no blowing this one.

Pascal Vincent's team kept their aggressiveness up, scoring a power-play goal in the third period to add to the lead. They capped things off with the empty-net goal.

Poitras scored at 8:24 to cut the deficit to three, but Columbus remained in control.

With tonight's win, the Blue Jackets improved to 6-4-3 when scoring first. They're now 6-3-2 when leading after one period and 5-0-2 when leading after two.

Martin Picks Up Second Win

Just because Elvis Merzlikins had the night off doesn't mean strong goaltending took a night off.

Martin made his first start since Nov. 19 and was dominant as he kept the Bruins off the scoreboard through 40-plus minutes. Martin's goals saved above expected was 1.4 per MoneyPuck. He was the game's first star of the night.

The Bruins entered the night 14-3-3 but on a two-game losing streak, allowing 12 goals in their two losses coming in. Entering play, the Bruins came in 12th in the league in goals per game (3.40).

The Blue Jackets' second-ranked penalty kill (88.9%) shut down the Bruins' ninth-ranked power play (22.7%) twice.

Per Natural Stat Trick, the Bruins had the period-by-period edge in expected goals.

  • First Period: 0.89-0.72 Boston
  • Second Period: 1.26-1.02 Boston
  • Third Period: 0.52-0.40 Boston
  • Final: 2.67-2.14 Boston

Le Canadiens

The Blue Jackets play the Montreal Canadiens at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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