Three Things: Boone Jenner Scores 20 Again, Adam Boqvist Hurt, And Another Blown Third-Period Lead

By Coby Maeir on March 15, 2024 at 8:29 am
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a stick save against the Ottawa Senators during overtime at Nationwide Arena.
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On Thursday, the Blue Jackets lost 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators in a shootout at Nationwide Arena. The club is now 22-33-11 and still last in the Eastern Conference and 29th in the league standings. 

Alex Nylander's goal at 5:20 of the third period gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead, but goals from Claude Giroux and Tim Stützle sent the game to extra time before Giroux won it with a slap shot in the shootout. 

Here are three things from Thursday's game.

Boone Jenner eclipses 20 goals, again

For the third straight season and the fourth time in his career, Boone Jenner has posted 20 goals in a season after opening the scoring just 15 seconds into the game. 

In 51 games this season, Jenner has scored 20-10--30 and is now up to 190-169--359 in 708 career games. 

Jenner has been one of the league's most underrated and underappreciated in the league and has proven why with another 20-goal campaign.

Adam Boqvist Leaves With Injury

After playing just 1:12, Boqvist left the game with an upper-body injury and did not return. He's had a history of injuries, as he's played just 35 of 66 games this season and just 133 of 230 games since joining the Blue Jackets ahead of the 2021-22 season. 

Pascal Vincent didn't have an update on Boqvist's status after the game, but this is just another injury blow to Boqvist, who has played well on the team's top pair alongside Zach Werenski and posted 1-9--10 in 35 games. 

Another Blown Third-Period Lead

After taking a 2-0 lead with 14:40 in regulation, the Blue Jackets surrendered two goals and lost a game in which they led by multiple goals in the third period for the first time since Jan. 27 against Vancouver. 

"As of late, we've been good in those situations," Jenner said. "But tonight we let them back in it."

The Blue Jackets didn't cave or collapse in this third period. They had a 42-15 advantage in shot attempts, a 19-6 advantage in shots on goal, a 20-9 edge in scoring chances, an 8-3 edge in high-danger scoring chances, and a 2.22-0.63 advantage in expected goals, per

"[If] we play that way in the third period," Vincent said. "We'll win most of those games."

Next Up

The Blue Jackets are back at it on Saturday when they host the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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