Blue Jackets victorious in overtime on back of four-point night from Jack Roslovic.
The Blue Jackets took on the Red Wings Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit looking to claim the three game season series. The prior two meetings saw a split with the home team claiming each. But this time Columbus stole the game on Detroit's rink 5-4 in overtime.
Columbus opened the scoring on a goal from Jack Roslovic at the 13:14 mark of the first period. It was his first goal in 12 games and came in his 300th NHL game. The lone assist went to Zach Werenski.
The first period finished with a 14-10 lead in shots for Columbus and a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard.
The Red Wings evened things up at one apiece at the 13:41 mark on a speedy effort by Jakub Vrana. Vrana skated out in front of Gavrikov beating him to the net to put it home. Detroit took the lead just under three minutes later at the 17:21 mark on a shot from up close by Sam Gagner.
But Cole Sillinger would tie it moments later at the 18:01 mark for his 12th of the season on a shot from the lower right face-off circle. Assists went to Zach Werenski and Jakub Voracek. Werenski's assist was his second of the game.
The second period ended with a 24-22 lead in shots for Detroit and a 2-2 deadlock on the scoreboard. But almost from the outset, the game got quite chippy with the two teams getting in scrums, noticeably after goals.
During the second break, Werenski touched on how he liked everyone sticking up for each other.
Roslovic would pick up his second of the night and 14th of the season in the third period, striking at the 4:04 mark. Roslovic's second goal marked his third two-goal game of the season. The lone assist went to Patrik Laine.
The Blue Jackets extended their lead to 4-2 at the 12:34 mark on Justin Danforth's fourth goal in the last six games and ninth on the season. Assists went to Jack Roslovic and Gustav Nyquist. Roslovic's assist was his third point on the night.
Detroit pulled within a goal to make it 4-3 at the 15:35 mark on a shot from Dylan Larkin. The Red Wings tied it 58 seconds later on a bouncing puck shot from one of the lower faceoff circles by Jakub Vrana at the 16:33 mark. Vrana's second goal on the night would eventually send it to overtime.
Then with 1:12 to go in regulation, Larkin tumbled over Merzlikins, who was making his way back to the net. The collision caused a bit of a donnybrook to ensue, multiple penalties and Blue Jackets power play.
The third period ended with a 35-30 lead in shots for Detroit and a 4-4 tie on the scoreboard.
Jack Roslovic ended the game at the 3:19 mark of overtime for his first hat trick as a Blue Jacket and fourth point on the night. Assists went to Gustav Nyquist and Zach Werenski. Nyquist's assist was his second on the night with Werenski picking up his third assist for a three point night.
The Blue Jackets remained without Goalies Daniil Tarasov and Joonas Korpisalo due to hip injuries. Forward Boone Jenner remains sidelined week-to-week with a lower back injury. Forward Yegor Chinakhov remains day-to-day with an upper body injury.
The Blue Jackets are off until Wednesday night when the Montreal Canadiens arrive in town for a 7:00 p.m. puck drop.