Three Things: Tarasov Continues To Impress, Marchenko Joins 20-Goal Club, Nylander's Back

By Will Chase on April 2, 2024 at 8:15 am
Columbus Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov makes a pad save against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Consecutive wins? In this economy?

A three-goal second period propelled the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Monday night at Nationwide Arena for their second straight win.

Alex Nylander scored twice. Kirill Marchenko had two points with a goal and an assist. Cole Sillinger also scored to extend a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists).

Erik Gudbranson had two assists. Johnny Gaudreau, Dmitri Voronkov, Ivan Provorov, Jake Bean, and Alexandre Texier had an assist.

Danill Tarasov made 45 saves. His .978 save percentage on the night set a career-high as a starter.

Chris Wanger scored for Colorado.

Sean Walker and Artturi Lehkonen had the assists.

Justus Annunen made 21 saves.

Justin Danforth returned after missing 11 games with a concussion. Boone Jenner missed his second straight game due to illness.

Tarasov Continues To Impress

Tarasov has been the Blue Jackets' ace in net over the second half of the season, and he impressed once again on Monday night.

After a 46-save performance in which he let up one goal against the Avalanche, he's now first among all goaltenders in save percentage (.935%) since Feb. 21 (minimum of 10 starts). He's fifth with a 2.40 goals-against average and is 5-5-1 in that span.

He was Monday's First Star of the Game.

Marchenko Joins 20-Goal Club

Marchenko's goal at 9:35 of the second period started the scoring to give Columbus the 1-0 lead. Gudbranson and Gaudreau had the assists. The Blue Jackets have scored first in seven straight games (2-4-1).

The goal gives Marchenko 20 on the year, making him the second player in Blue Jackets history to start his career with at least 20 goals in his first two seasons joining Pierre Luc-Dubois (20 in 2017-18 and 27 in 2018-19).

Nylander's Back

Nylander has been a revelation for the Blue Jackets such as when he scored eight goals in nine games.

He then went five games without a point while battling illness and injury in between and missing two games — the 6-2 loss on Mar. 26 to the Arizona Coyotes and the 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Mar. 28.

Against Colorado on Monday night, Nylander stormed back with a vengeance.

As part of a three-goal second period, Nylander scored twice, the first goal at 14:12 with Voronkov and Provorov getting the assists.

At 18:03 he scored the second goal with Bean getting an assist and Gudbranson picking up his second of the game.

Islanders Series Finale

The Blue Jackets take on the New York Islanders at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 4 at Nationwide Arena. New York leads the season series 2-0-0 after beating the Jackets 2-0 at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 28 and 7-3 at UBS Arena on Dec. 7.

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