Blue Jackets Notch Huge Win Over Avalanche; Sillinger Scores Game-Winning Goal

By Jacob Nitzberg on November 6, 2021 at 9:38 pm
Nov 6, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Gabriel Carlsson (53) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets came back against one of the best teams in the NHL on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena, defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.

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Gabriel Carlsson got the scoring started in the first period, but it wouldn't have been possible without a beautiful pass from Jakub Voracek, who saw Carlsson streaking through the Avalanche's zone and put the puck on his stick. Carlsson fired a wrister past Avalanche netminder Darcy Kuemper on his blocker side to give the Blue Jackets the advantage. It was the first goal of the season for Carlsson, and the second of his career.

Yegor Chinakhov notched the secondary assist on Carlsson's goal, giving the young Russian his first NHL point. 

Before the first period ended, the Avalanche would tie things up. Andre Burakovsky fired home a one-timer that beat Elvis Merzlikins, who didn't have an angle to see the play. Then, at the 13:16 mark of the second period, Burakovsky notched his second of the night. He intercepted a poor pass from Jake Bean, then roofed a backhander past Merzlikins' blocker to give the Avalanche the lead. 

In the third period, the Blue Jackets put forth a major push and generated many high-danger chances. Eventually, Alexandre Texier gave the Blue Jackets the big goal they needed. Eric Robinson dumped the puck into the zone, and the resulting rebound fell right to Texier, who made no mistake. 

Then, with one minute and two seconds remaining, Chinakhov and Sillinger connected for the game-winning goal. Chinakhov fired a wrister on net and Sillinger tipped it past Kuemper. Oliver Bjorkstrand added an empty-netter to seal the deal.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will be off until next Friday, when they'll host the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. EST.

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