Blue Jackets Defeated by Avalanche 4-2 in Second Game of Road Trip

By Chris Pennington on November 9, 2019 at 10:03 pm
Oliver Bjorkstrand
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are tumbling, folks.

Facing off against several former team members in Matt Calvert and Ian Cole, the Columbus Blue Jackets were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-2 on Saturday night at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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Emil Bemstrom, fresh off of his first career NHL goal on Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes, potted his second of the season (both on the power play) just five minutes into the contest to give the Blue Jackets an early lead.

After continued back-and-forth play, Colorado tied the game with 4:54 remaining, giving an indication to a tied game heading into the intermission.

Zach Werenski had other plans. With less than one minute remaining, he ripped home his fourth goal of the season and 42nd of his career, the most by any Blue Jacket defenseman in franchise history.

The second period was all Colorado, and specifically Cole Makar. The rookie tied the game and then gave his club the lead all within a matter of six minutes for his third and fourth goals of the season. He leads all rookies in points with 17 points in 17 games.

The final frame was not friendly to the Blue Jackets, with Nazem Kadri scoring the fourth and final goal for his team with over 2 minutes remaining.

Makar's goals were the difference, sending Columbus out of Denver without any points.


Ryan Murray is on injured reserve and expected to miss at least two more weeks. Markus Nutivaara is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.


The Blue Jackets will face the Montreal Canadiens in the final game of their road trip on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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