An ailing Columbus Blue Jackets squad, riding their longest losing streak of this young season, welcomed the Detroit Red Wings to town Monday night and for most of the game, it looked as if the Jackets might drop their third straight of the season.
Yegor Chinakhov had other plans.
Trailing 3-2, the talented Russian rookie took a stretch pass from Jakub Voracek, skated in all alone, and beat Wings goalie Thomas Greiss with a five-hole rocket with 4:18 to play to knot things up.
First career goal for Yegor Chinakhov... and WHAT A CELLY, TOO! pic.twitter.com/7xqombdW17— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2021
It was the first NHL goal of Chinakhov's young NHL career, but the Jackets weren't done. Three minutes later, a Zach Werenski blast from the point found its way to the back of the net to put the Jackets up 4-3, and all that was left was an Alexandre Texier empty-netter with three seconds to play for a final of 5-3, Jackets.
Chinakhov's goal came two minutes and 11 seconds after Lucas Raymond potted his seventh of the season to put the Red Wings up 3-2, and was the first in a run that saw the Blue Jackets score the final three goals of the game, and five of the final six scored on the night after Detroit jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Michael Rasmussen goal that made it 2-0 Wings 4:23 into the second period.
To hear it from Werenski, there was never any doubt.
“We are going to find ways to win,” the alternate captain said after the game. “That's what we've been doing. When they took the lead, nobody panicked.”
After the Red Wings jumped out 2-0, Boone Jenner made it a one-goal affair when he punched in a rebound at 13:07 of the second. Defenseman Adam Boqvist, skating in his first game since October 23 due to an upper-body injury, notched his first of the season under two minutes later when he shelved a tough angle shot past Greiss to tie it up.
Right place and right time for Adam Boqvist. pic.twitter.com/Abt9RBP04F— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2021
The comeback was par for the course for a team that has embraced an "always in it" mantra as the Jackets recorded their sixth come from behind win of the season.
The Blue Jackets head to Phoenix to face the Arizona Coyotes (1–13–1), the worst team in the NHL, Thursday. The puck drops at 9 p.m. The two teams met in the season opener for both clubs, on October 14, an 8–2 Jackets win.