Blue Jackets Take Down Sharks, End Losing Streak

By Jacob Nitzberg on December 5, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Dec 5, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Adam Boqvist (27) celebrates a goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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The Blue Jackets put together a 60-minute effort on Sunday night at Nationwide Arena, defeating the San Jose Sharks, 6-4.

In the first period, the Blue Jackets got the scoring started courtesy of Adam Boqvist, who ripped a shot past Sharks netminder Adin Hill. Justin Danforth provided the pass for Boqvist's fifth goal of the season. 

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With just 2.3 seconds remaining in the opening period, the Sharks tied it up. Nick Bonino tipped one home to even things at one apiece. Then, 21 seconds into the second period, Erik Karlsson gave the Sharks a 2-1 advantage.

Sean Kuraly answered Karlsson's goal with his own, just 32 seconds later. He attempted to find Eric Robinson with a pass, but Mario Ferraro tipped it past his own goaltender. As the second period continued, the Sharks (once again) took the lead, this time on a shot from Brent Burns that trickled through Elvis Merzlikins.

Before the middle frame ended, Cole Sillinger scored a beautiful goal. He blocked a shot in the Blue Jackets' defensive zone, then quickly picked up the puck with speed, creating a 2-on-1 for the Blue Jackets. Sillinger elected to shoot, and it's a good thing that he did as he beat Hill's blocker.

Then, Jack Roslovic made an appearance. Max Domi found him streaking into the Sharks' zone, then Roslovic used his speed to get behind the Sharks. He went from his backhand to his forehand, past Hill, and found the back of the net. Roslovic was a healthy scratch yesterday and came into tonight's game with something to prove. He certainly did that.

The Blue Jackets weren't done. Boqvist scored his second of the game after a well-worked passing play. Gabriel Carlsson had the primary assist on the play. Unfortunately, the Sharks weren't done either. Tomas Hertl made it a one-goal game with 9:49 remaining. Thankfully, the Blue Jackets were able to see the game out, and Alexandre Texier added an empty-netter with 1:07 remaining to seal it.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.