Three Things: Good Start Undone, Jenner's Scoring Success, Too Many Penalties

By Will Chase on December 3, 2023 at 10:09 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner celebrates his goal with Mathieu Olivier and the rest of his line mates during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
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There would be no encore performance tonight.

Brad Marchand scored a third-period natural hat trick to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night from TD Garden.

Charlie McAvoy had two assists. Danton Heinen, Charlie Coyle, James van Riemsdyk, and Pavel Zacha each had an assist.

Jeremy Swayman made 25 saves.

Boone Jenner scored for the Blue Jackets. Mathieu Olivier and Zach Werenski each had an assist. Werenski is on a three-game point streak (zero goals, four assists). 

Spencer Martin made 26 saves.

Good Start Undone

There were a lot of similarities coming into Sunday's matchup.

Both the Blue Jackets and Bruins won their last game entering play. Columbus beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Friday night at Nationwide Arena, while the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night. They also beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Thursday night.

Inside Sunday's game, it was the same goaltending matchup between Martin and Swayman. Martin's Jackets had more fun last Monday when Columbus won 5-2 against Swayman, who started, and reigning Vezina winner Linus Ullmark.

And the Blue Jackets looked to pick up where they left off with Monday's tilt, killing two more Bruins penalties and edging the home team in first-period expected goals 0.68-0.39.

Although the Jackets led in this game — more on that — the ice was tilted in the third period as Marchand scored the third-period natural hat trick in a span of 7:46.

Boston finished with the expected goal edge of 2.38-1.96 per Natural Stat Trick.

Jenner's Scoring Success

At the 19:25 mark of the second period, Jenner scored to put Columbus ahead 1-0 with his team-leading 13th.

The goal places him tied for second in the league with 10 5v5 goals. Jenner has goals in consecutive games.

Werenski extended his team lead in points to 19 with his leading 18th assist.

Too Many Penalties

Entering play on Sunday, the Bruins had the 12th-best power play (21.9%). Columbus came in with the second-best penalty kill (88.6%).

On this night, give the edge to the Bruins' man advantage.

They scored twice on six opportunities, the other story of the night.

You can't give a lethal power play that many opportunities and expect to win many games. Columbus had five penalties on Friday night against the Senators, killing four.

Martin did his best in his second start in under a week, also against these Bruins.

After tossing aside 31 shots in his last start against the Bruins on Nov. 27 and coming away with 'first star of the night' honors, he was set for the rematch.

Of Martin's 25 saves, six came on the penalty kill. But Marchand was the undoing, making good on two power-play goals in the third period as part of the hat trick.

Kings Ransom

The Blue Jackets return home to face the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:00 p.m. ET from Nationwide Arena.

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