What a response.
Two power-play goals from Boone Jenner, three points from Johnny Gaudreau, and 46 saves from Daniil Tarasov pushed the Blue Jackets past the Panthers 5-3 at Nationwide Arena, getting the bad taste of Saturday night's 6-1 loss to Detroit out of their mouths.
The Panthers opened the scoring 7:52 into the game after Jake Christiansen's defensive-zone clearance was intercepted by Gustav Forsling who fired a left-point one-timer that was deflected in by Matthew Tkachuk.
The Jackets tied the game with 8:39 left when Yegor Chinakov intercepted a d-to-d pass in his defensive zone and raced down the ice to beat Sergei Bobrovsky on a breakaway.
Tkachuk and Chinakov each hit the post later in the period, nearly scoring their second goal of the game, but the game remained level.
The team's remained dead-locked at one heading into the first intermission with the Panthers holding an 18-4 edge in shots on goal.
Columbus took its first lead of the night on the power play 2:53 into the period as Kent Johnson fired a wrist shot from the right circle that Jenner deflected past Bobrovsky.
2nd #CBJ goal (PP): Jenner (8) assisted by Johnson (6) and Gaudreau (10)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 21, 2022
Tarasov had to be great for the Jackets in the second period, making several key saves on Tkachuk, Nick Cousins, and Eric Staal.
The Panthers finally broke through with 3:22 remaining in the middle frame when Aaron Ekblad drove hard to the net from the left-wing side and stuffed the puck past Tarasov, tying the game at two.
The Jackets and Panthers entered the second intermission the same way they entered the first, tied. Florida took a 34-16 advantage in shots on goal into the final period of regulation.
The Jackets opened the scoring for the second-straight period as Sean Kuraly deflected an Eric Robinson wrist shot on a two-on-two short-handed rush to give Columbus a 3-2 lead 1:57 into the period.
#CBJ SH goal: Kuraly (6) assisted by Robinson (5) and Peeke (2)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 21, 2022
Columbus doubled its lead at the 7:55 mark when Gaudreau beat Bobrovsky from the right part of the left circle on a wrist shot.
#CBJ goal: Gaudreau (7) assisted by Nyquist (5)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 21, 2022
Later in the period, Johnson attempted the "Michigan," but was unsuccessful.
The Panthers pulled Bobrovsky with 3:30 left in regulation, but after an Ekblad hooking penalty, were forced to place Bobrovsky back in net.
Jenner scored his second of the night on the power play from the left doorstep off of a fantastic feed from Gaudreau.
#CBJ PP goal: Jenner (9) from Gaudreau (11) and Bemstrom (2)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 21, 2022
The Panthers answered with a goal by Colin White in a net mouth scramble with 55 seconds left, but it was too little, too late for Florida, as the Jackets hung on to win 5-3 and improved to 7-10-1 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: FLA 49-23 CBJ
- Faceoff %: FLA 46.7-53.3 CBJ
- Power play: FLA 0/3-2/2 CBJ
- Takeaways: FLA 2-4 CBJ
- Giveaways: FLA 2-6 CBJ
- Blocked shots: FLA 4-28 CBJ
- Hits: FLA 16-33 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): FLA 2.65-1.52 CBJ
- Chances (CF): FLA 74-33 CBJ
- Shots (SF): FLA 43-19 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): FLA 40-14 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): FLA 9-5 CBJ
Jack Roslovic missed his second consecutive game with an illness.
No players left tonight's game with injuries.
The Blue Jackets are back at it on Wednesday when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
Their home stand continues on Friday when they take on the New York Islanders at 8 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.