Blue Jackets Defeat Devils On Halloween Night

By Jacob Nitzberg on October 31, 2021 at 7:50 pm
Oct 31, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; The Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate a goal by Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Oliver Bjorkstrand (28) against the New Jersey Devils during the first period at Prudential Center.
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When you play the Devils on Halloween, you know you've got a tall task ahead.

The Blue Jackets battled back from a third-period deficit to defeat the Devils in a shootout, 4-3. Joonas Korpisalo was shaky in the beginning but shut the Devils down in overtime and the shootout to preserve two points for the Blue Jackets.

Just one minute and seven seconds into the game, the Devils took the lead. Andreas Johnsson scored his fourth of the year on a nice feed from Jesper Bratt, beating Korpisalo on the first shot that Korpisalo saw.

  1 2 3 OT SO F
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 1 0 1 4
DEVILS 1 2 0 0 0 3

The Blue Jackets knotted the score at one apiece with a power-play goal from Oliver Bjorkstrand. Jakub Voracek found Bjorkstrand all alone, and the Danish sniper potted a one-timer for his fourth goal of the season

Then, Patrik Laine did what only he (and maybe a couple of others in the world) can do. On an odd-man rush, Laine set up for a one-timer in the left circle. Voracek found him, and Laine uncorked an absolute missile to beat Devils netminder Scott Wedgewood and give the Blue Jackets the lead.

The second period was not nearly as fun for the Blue Jackets and Korpisalo. First, Dawson Mercer beat Korpisalo with a shot from point-blank range. Then, Dougie Hamilton stepped into a one-timer and gave the Devils the lead.

In the third period, the Blue Jackets started slowly. They killed off a penalty (Jake Bean for delay of game) but didn't get a boost from the kill. Then, with 5:19 remaining, the captain stepped up. Boone Jenner scored an incredible goal to tie things up. He intercepted a pass and beat Wedgewood high blocker-side for his fifth goal of the season.

In the waning moments of the third period, the Blue Jackets had to kill off 34 seconds of a 5-on-3 as well as 1:26 of a power play after Vladislav Gavrikov (crosschecking) and Scott Harrington (high-sticking) were sent to the box. They successfully did so and earned a point in the process. 

In overtime, Bjorkstrand hit the crossbar but couldn't find the game-winner. Five scoreless minutes later, the game was settled in a shootout, where Korpisalo stopped Bratt, Hamilton, and Mercer. Voracek scored the game-winner on a backhand.

Injury Update

  • D Adam Boqvist remains day-to-day and did not suit up tonight.
  • D Jake Bean was a game-time decision but played tonight.

Next Up

On Wednesday night, the Blue Jackets will head to Colorado to take on the Avalanche. Puck drop is slated for 9:00 p.m. EST.