Sillinger, Bemstrom, and Bjork Score First Goals of the Season but Blue Jackets Fall 4-3 in OT to the Islanders

By Coby Maeir on November 12, 2022 at 10:17 pm
Joonas Korpisalo
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A tough loss on Long Island.

Cole Sillinger, Emil Bemstrom, and Marcus Bjork all scored their first NHL goals of the season but the Blue Jackets couldn't hold a lead and fell 4-3 to the Islanders in overtime at UBS Arena. With the loss, the Jackets fall to 4-9-1.

1st Period

Not much happened in the first period. The best chance from the Jackets came with 8:38 remaining on a shot by Emil Bemstrom from the left circle that was stopped by Ilya Sorokin. The Islanders' best chance came 1:05 later on a Brock Nelson mini-breakaway backhand shot that was stopped by Joonas Korpisalo.

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Both teams entered the first intermission scoreless with the Islanders holding a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal.

2nd Period

The Blue Jackets scored their first power-play goal on North American soil as Cole Sillinger finished a rebound from the left side of the blue paint for his first goal of the season with 16:51 left in the period.

The Islanders tied the game 7:27 into the period when Nelson finished a beautiful slap pass from Scott Mayfield. 

The Jackets retook the lead with 9:45 left off a fantastic passing sequence, starting with an outlet from Jake Bean that was deflected by Gustav Nyquist, sending Bemstrom behind the defense where he scored a backhand goal.

Nelson tied the game again for the Islanders, this time with 45 seconds left in the period, finding a wide-open net from the right circle off a rebound.

The teams entered the second intermission the same way they entered the first, tied. The Islanders had a 32-21 edge in shots on goal through 40 minutes. 

Third Period

The Jackets' penalty kill was tested early in the third period after Bean was assessed a delay-of-game penalty, but Columbus was able to keep the game tied after Korpisalo stopped three Islanders shots.

The Jackets took the lead again on Marcus Bjork's first career NHL goal in his NHL debut. Bjork fired a slap shot from the right circle past Sorokin.

The Islanders tied the game once again on a top-shelf backhand shot by Mayfield with 7:09 in regulation. 

Three periods were not enough to decide a winner so the teams headed to overtime tied at three.


Zach Parise scored just 39 seconds into overtime and the Islanders won 4-3, pushing the Jackets' record to 4-9-1. 


  • Shots on Goal: CBJ 29-46 NYI
  • Faceoff %: CBJ 44.3-55.7 NYI
  • Power play: CBJ 1/2-0/2 NYI
  • Takeaways: CBJ 5-3 NYI
  • Giveaways: CBJ 7-12 NYI
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 20-17 NYI
  • Hits: CBJ 19-15 NYI
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 2.31-3.30 NYI
    • Chances (CF): CBJ 52-61 NYI
    • Shots (SF): CBJ 26-34 NYI
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 32-37 NYI
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 12-16 NYI

Injury Update

No players left tonight's game with injuries. 

Next Up

The Jackets return home to face the Flyers on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and Hulu and on 97.1 FM The Fan.

Their home stand continues on Thursday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.