Blue Jackets Defeat Red Wings in Shootout, Merzlikins Notches Shutout

By Jacob Nitzberg on April 27, 2021 at 9:43 pm
Apr 27, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (90) makes a save in net against the Detroit Red Wings in the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Well, that was certainly a hockey game that occurred.

In a nailbiter, the Blue Jackets prevailed in a shootout. Elvis Merzlikins notched a 41-save shutout as the club snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Columbus thought that they had scored early, as Oliver Bjorkstrand found the back of the net, but a lengthy review determined that Eric Robinson was offside on the entry, nullifying the goal. 

  1 2 3 (OT) (SO) F
BLUE JACKETS 0 0 0 (0) (2) 1
RED WINGS 0 0 0 (0) (0) 0

That was the only time that the puck found the back of the net, whether it counted or not, for the entirety of regulation. Merzlikins and Thomas Greiss stood on their heads for their respective teams.

Overtime came and went, and neither team was able to break through, so a shootout was needed to separate Detroit and Columbus. Patrik Laine scored his attempt, then Merzlikins saved Jakub Vrana's attempt. Cam Atkinson saw his attempt poke-checked away by Greiss, then Merzlikins stopped Adam Erne. Bjorkstrand scored in the third frame, and the Blue Jackets secured two points to end their nine-game skid.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will head to Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 P.M.