Blue Jackets Blasted by the Bruins, Fall 4-0 in David Jiricek's Debut

By Coby Maeir on October 28, 2022 at 9:43 pm
Erik Gudbranson & Nick Foligno
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Shut out for the first time.

Game Recap

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.

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BRUINS 1 3 0 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
    • 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

Injury Update

  • 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. 

Next Up

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.