That was a little too close for comfort.
Boone Jenner scored a hat trick, Ryan Dzingel scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket, and the Blue Jackets were victorious Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena, defeating the Boston Bruins 7-4, despite a furious Boston comeback. The line of Dzingel (1G, 2A), Matt Duchene (1G), and Josh Anderson (1G, 3A) were lethal all night.
The Bruins got it started early, with Patrice Bergeron converting a shorthanded goal on a nice feed from Brad Marchand at 4:00 of the first period. It was the Bruins' first shot on goal, and it came off of a turnover in the Blue Jackets' offensive zone resulting in an odd-man rush for Boston.
The Blue Jackets hit back quickly, with Anderson notching his 23rd goal of the campaign at 7:19 of the first, sprung on a breakaway by Zach Werenski with the secondary assist going to Dzingel.
Dzingel then notched his first as a Blue Jacket and his 23rd of the year to make it 2-1 Columbus with 14:18 gone by in the first thanks to assists from Werenski and Seth Jones.
The Blue Jackets weren't done in the first. Jenner added a huge shorthanded goal off of Josh Anderson's rebound with 5.2 seconds left to give Columbus a 3-1 edge after 20 minutes.
Duchene added one off of a pretty feed from Dzingel early in the second to make it 4-1, and Jenner scored again to make it 5-1 Columbus with helpers from Riley Nash and Nick Foligno.. The Bruins came roaring back with three quick goals to make it 5-4 Blue Jackets heading into the final frame.
Werenski scored a huge power play goal in the third with helpers from Panarin and Anderson to make it 6-4 Blue Jackets. It was Werenski's first goal since New Year's Eve.
Jenner added an empty netter for his hat trick at 19:13 in the third, and Nash notched his second assist of the night.
Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray remains out of the lineup with an upper body injury.
The Blue Jackets will take on the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena on Friday in another crucial game.
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