This roller coaster of this Columbus Blue Jacket season continues.
On Monday night, the defeat the Washington Capitals in dominating fashion.
On Thursday night, they get shut out against a Pittsburgh Penguins team missing it's two best players.
Then on a Saturday afternoon matinee against the lowly Ottawa Senators, the Blue Jackets, they struggle early, rally late, but eventually fall in overtime by a score of 4-3.
Former Blue Jacket winger Anthony Duclair stole the show early on, scoring the first two goals for his club (both in the first frame), leading John Tortorella to replace Elvis Merzlikins in net with Joonas Korpisalo.
At first, the move seemed lateral by Tortorella as Connor Brown notched his fifth of the season to give his team a two-goal lead. The third period was all Columbus, though.
Alexandre Texier scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season just six minutes apart to send the game to extra time - the second multi-goal game of his young career.
In overtime, Duclair was the hero, scoring his third career hat trick to defeat the club that traded him midseason last year.
Zach Werenski (shoulder) remains absent from the lineup, expected to miss up to a month. Markus Nutivaara (upper body) is practicing with the team but it is unclear when he will return. Emil Bemstrom will miss 6-8 weeks with a dislocated rib and broken cartilage. Sonny Milano, Josh Anderson and Ryan Murray all were dealt upper-body injuries this afternoon and their status is undetermined.
The Blue Jackets end their road trip by hosting the Washington Capitals on Monday night at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m.
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