Blue Jackets Defeat Kraken In Overtime; Bean Scores Game-Winner

By Jacob Nitzberg on December 12, 2021 at 12:41 am
Dec 11, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Sean Kuraly (7) advances the puck against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Climate Pledge Arena.
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Well, that was something.

Despite being up 4-1 after 40 minutes, the Blue Jackets found themselves headed to overtime after a poor third period tonight in Seattle. Jake Bean rescued them, firing a snipe into the top left corner to give the Blue Jackets two points.

In the first 20 minutes, Elvis Merzlikins kept the Blue Jackets in the game, making several highlight-reel stops as they slowly grew into the game. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the first period, but that certainly wasn't the story in the middle frame.

  1 2 3 OT F
BLUE JACKETS 0 4 0 1 5
KRAKEN 0 1 3 0 4

The second period saw Oliver Bjorkstrand score his ninth goal of the season after Boone Jenner found him in acres of space. Bjorkstrand took his time before firing a wrister past Philipp Grubauer to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. Three minutes and 27 seconds later, Jack Roslovic tipped a beautiful pass from Max Domi past Grubauer to double the Blue Jackets' advantage. 

Then, Jared McCann sent Climate Pledge Arena into a frenzy with his 11th goal of the season. As "Lithium" by Nirvana blared through the speakers, the Blue Jackets knew that they were going to have to withstand a push from the Kraken over the final minutes of the second period, as well as the entirety of the third.

In order to make that push more difficult for the Kraken, Roslovic and Domi combined for another picturesque finish. This time, Roslovic found Domi behind the Kraken defense, and Domi sent a wrister past Grubauer's glove to restore the Blue Jackets' two-goal cushion.

The Blue Jackets weren't done. And the second period hadn't even ended yet. With 25.4 seconds remaining, a shot from Bjorkstrand trickled through Grubauer, but it didn't have the velocity to find the back of the net. Domi was in the right place at the right time, and he found the back of the net for his second goal of the period to make it 4-1.

Then, the Kraken made their push. An ill-timed holding penalty taken by Gabriel Carlsson gave the Kraken a power play, and Jaden Schwartz tipped a puck past Merzlikins to make it 4-2. 22 seconds later, Morgan Geekie beat the Blue Jackets with speed and found the back of the net to make it a one-goal game. With 4:06 remaining, Vince Dunn tied the game with a wrist shot off the rush. In the blink of an eye, it was 4-4.

In overtime, Bean unleashed a dart that beat Grubauer to give the Blue Jackets the victory. It was Bean's second goal in overtime this season.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will continue their road trip with a visit to Vancouver on Tuesday night. Puck drop is slated for 10:00 p.m. ET.