A better OT result tonight.
Two goals from Boone Jenner, a pair of goals in 13 seconds, and a Vladislav Gavrikov game-winner led the Blue Jackets to their second victory in three games as they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-4 in overtime.
The Jackets nearly opened the scoring just over six minutes into the game when Cole Sillinger's shot from the right circle trickled past Carter Hart but was cleared by Justin Braun before it crossed the line. Then, just 38 seconds later, Johnny Gaudreau found Jenner with a cross-ice pass from the right to left circle where Jenner's shot was robbed by Hart.
With 12:36 remaining, Sean Kuraly opened this scoring in his first game since Nov. 5 after his centering pass was deflected in by Braun. The play started because of a bad Flyers change that led to a Gavrikov right-circle shot that was stopped by Hart. The rebound came to Kuraly, he centered it, and the Jackets took the lead.
#CBJ goal: Kuraly (3) assisted by Gavrikov (2) and Robinson (3).— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 16, 2022
The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The Flyers had a chance to even the score on a Scott Laughton mini-breakaway just 54 seconds into the middle frame, but Laughton was denied by Merzlikins.
Columbus took a 2-0 lead on the power play 5:36 into the period after a great tic-tac-toe sequence started by Kent Johnson's cross-ice pass to Gaudreau who found Jenner's stick in front of the net to tap the puck in.
#CBJ goal: Jenner (5) assisted by Gaudreau (7) and Johnson (4).— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 16, 2022
The Flyers bounced right back though, as Kevin Hayes cut the lead in half on a slap-shot between the hashes with 12:06 to play in the period.
The Flyers tied the game on a goal by Noah Cates, who finished a feed from Zack MacEwen on a two-on-one rush with 7:44 left in the middle frame.
After the goal, Merzlikins was helped off the ice with an apparent leg injury and was replaced by Joonas Korpisalo after stopping 15-of-17 shots.
Both teams went to the second intermission with a pair of goals.
Jenner scored his second of the game on a breakaway after blocking a Flyers shot 3:22 into the final period of regulation to give the Jackets a 3-2 lead.
The Jackets scored again just 13 seconds later as Eric Robinson finished a rebound from a point shot by Marcus Bjork that was deflected by Mathieu Olivier to make it a 4-2 game.
The Flyers didn't back down. Nick Seeler scored on a long-range shot just 83 seconds later to cut the Columbus lead in half.
Philadelphia tied the game with 10:46 left in regulation as Travis Konecny scored on a rebound from the right side of the blue paint on the power play.
Sixty minutes was not enough to decide a winner as the teams headed to overtime tied at four.
Gavrikov scored his second overtime-winner of the season 2:38 into the period after Yegor Chinakov blocked a Hayes shot which led to a three-on-one rush where Sillinger found Chinakov who dished a cross-ice pass to Gavrikov.
- Shots on Goal: PHI 37-33 CBJ
- Faceoff %: PHI 47.5-52.5 CBJ
- Power play: PHI 1/2-1/1 CBJ
- Takeaways: PHI 4-8 CBJ
- Giveaways: PHI 0-7 CBJ
- Blocked shots: PHI 16-24 CBJ
- Hits: PHI 27-34 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): PHI 1.80-2.79 CBJ
- Chances (CF): PHI 65-49 CBJ
- Shots (SF): PHI 30-28 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): PHI 18-28 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): PHI 9-12 CBJ
This is the first game Patrik Laine will miss since being ruled out for the next three-to-four weeks with a sprained ankle.
Jake Bean (upper-body) and Elvis Merzlikins both left the game in the second period and did not return.
Andrew Peeke left the game in the third period. He returned shortly after.
The Blue Jackets' home stand continues on Thursday as they'll host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
Then, they'll host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.