Shut out for the first time.
After the Blue Jackets were unsuccessful on their first power play despite several high-danger chances, Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk fired a wrist shot from the top of the left circle past Elvis Merzlikins' glove and into the top-shelf with 11:17 to play.
The Jackets headed into the first intermission down 1-0 after being outshot 14-12. David Jiricek, who made his debut tonight, played seven shifts and 4:47 of ice time in his first period in the NHL.
Columbus' struggles on the power play continued into the second period when Charlie Coyle knifed his way through the Blue Jackets' defense and beat Merzlikins with his backhand 4:30 into the second frame.
Oh, that was pretty.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 29, 2022
Charlie Coyle goes to the backhand and buries the SHORTY. pic.twitter.com/xVSPeNM8wV
With the Blue Jackets failing to score on the power play, they set a franchise record for the worst start to a season on the power play.
There it is, folks. Without a power play goal on their second opportunity of the night, the #CBJ are now 0-22 on the season on the man-advantage. That breaks the record for the worst start to the power play in club history.— CBJ Stats (@BlueJacketStats) October 29, 2022
The short-handed goal was an extra gut punch.
The Bruins added to their lead when Jake DeBrusk blocked Kent Johnson's point shot and scored on a breakaway with 4:53 left in the period.
Big block. Big breakaway. Just a beauty by Jake DeBrusk. pic.twitter.com/hOFJCUaCL6— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 29, 2022
Boston scored again with 27 seconds left in the second period when David Pastrnak fired a wrist shot from the left circle that hit Merzlikins' pads but went through his five-hole.
Friday night is Pasta night pic.twitter.com/RihHYdGeBd— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 29, 2022
Daniil Tarasov replaced Merzlikins to start the third period. Merzlikins stopped 25 of 29 shots.
With less than 6:30 to play in regulation, Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark robbed Patrik Laine with his glove on two separate occasions on the same Jackets power play. The first was a one-timer from the left circle and the second one was a wrist shot from the slot that he took after toe-dragging his way around DeBrusk.
The Bruins won by a final score of 4-0.
- Shots on goal: BOS 35-30 CBJ
- Face-off %: BOS 58.2-41.8 CBJ
- Power play: BOS 0/2 - 0/3 CBJ
- Giveaways: BOS 4-7 CBJ
- Takeaways: BOS 4-10 CBJ
- Blocked shots: BOS 19-17 CBJ
- Hits: BOS - CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected goals (xG): BOS 1.8-1.38 CBJ
- Chances (CF): BOS 48-45 CBJ
- Shots (SF): BOS 26-21 CBJ
- Scoring chances (SCF): BOS 25-17 CBJ
- High-danger chances (HDCF): BOS 7-6 CBJ
- Jake Bean missed tonight's game with an illness.
- Nick Blankenburg miss his second-consecutive game with an upper-body injury. He did participate in Friday morning's optional skate.
- Adam Boqvist is on injured reserve with a broken foot that the team expects will sideline him for six weeks.
- Justin Danforth is also on injured reserve with a torn labrum that will sideline him for six months.
The Jackets are back in action on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they take on the Devils in New Jersey. The game will be broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
Columbus will travel to Tampere, Finland, for a pair of games against the Colorado Avalanche. The games are on Nov. 4-5 and will both start at 2 p.m. and be broadcast on Bally Sports Ohio, the NHL Network, and 97.1 FM The Fan.