Another hard-fought loss.
Kent Johnson recorded his first-career multi-point game and the Blue Jackets scored two power-play goals in 33 seconds, but they fell 3-2 to the New York Islanders at Nationwide Arena on Friday night.
The Blue Jackets had a chance to open the scoring just 86 seconds into the contest on the power play when Johnny Gaudreau sprung Jack Roslovic on a breakaway with a beautiful pass but Roslovic was denied by Islanders goaltender Ilya Sorokin.
The Islanders had a power-play chance of their own at 5:34 when Anders Lee deflected the puck past Joonas Korpisalo but Gustav Nyquist was there to prevent the puck from crossing the line and pushed it back into Korpisalo's pads.
New York opened the scoring on a rush when Oliver Wahlstrom ripped a wrist shot from the right slot with 2:34 left in the opening period.
The Jackets entered the first intermission down 1-0 and had an 8-5 deficit in shots on goal.
The Islanders doubled their lead on the power play at 7:51 of the middle frame when Noah Dobson's point shot went wide but bounced off the boards behind the net right to Jean-Gabriel Pageau who was left alone at the left doorstep to put the puck in the net.
The Jackets nearly cut the lead in half when Sorokin robbed Boone Jenner from the left doorstep at 10:56.
32 seconds later, the game changed. After Anders Lee hit Andrew Peeke, Mathieu Olivier fought Lee which energized the crowd and seemed to energize the Blue Jackets.
With 6:23 to play, Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck both went to the penalty box, giving the Jackets a full two-minute five-on-three power play. They converted.
With 5:55 to go, Yegor Chinakov ripped a wrist shot past Sorokin's high-glove side from the left slot to cut the lead in half.
First #CBJ PP goal: Chinakov (4) assisted by Gaudreau (12) and Johnson (6)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 26, 2022
Just 33 seconds later, Johnson tied the game with a slap shot from the top of the left circle.
Second #CBJ PP goal: Johnson (5) assisted by Bjork (3) and Gaudreau (13)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) November 26, 2022
After two periods, the score was 2-2 with the Islanders holding a 17-16 advantage in shots on goal.
Nyquist had two grade-A chances from the slot to put the Jackets ahead nearly two minutes into the period but his first shot went wide and the second one was stopped by Sorokin.
Brock Nelson gave the Islanders the lead at 6:10 with a top-shelf shot from the left doorstep at four-on-four.
With 1:19 left and the Columbus net empty, Johnny Gaudreau had a golden opportunity to tie the game from the right doorstep but was robbed by Sorokin.
The Islanders held on to win 3-2 and dropped the Jackets to 7-12-1 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: NYI 24-26 CBJ
- Faceoff %: NYI 48.3-51.7 CBJ
- Power play: NYI 1/4-2/4 CBJ
- Takeaways: NYI 7-6 CBJ
- Giveaways: NYI 4-5 CBJ
- Blocked shots: NYI 14-21 CBJ
- Hits: NYI 13-15 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): NYI 0.97-1.61 CBJ
- Chances (CF): NYI 40-37 CBJ
- Shots (SF): NYI 12-17 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): NYI 17-18 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): NYI 4-6 CBJ
No players left the game with injuries tonight.
The Jackets' game tomorrow against the Predators in Nashville has been postponed.
The Blue Jackets will be back on the ice on Monday night when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.