A big bounce-back win.
The Blue Jackets' second line of Yegor Chinakov, Jack Roslovic, and Patrik Laine led the Blue Jackets to a 3-1 victory over the Flames at Nationwide Arena Friday.
Laine scored his fifth goal in as many games 62 seconds into the game after Jack Roslovic sprung him free, leading to a forehand breakaway goal.
The Flames had their best chance of the period at 6:28 on the power play when Joonas Korpisalo denied Nazem Kadri from the slot.
The Blue Jackets nearly extended their lead at 10:18 but Laine was denied by Jacob Markstrom from the right doorstep and then Yegor Chinakov missed a wide-open net from the left slot.
Laine had his third grade-A chance of the night at 14:46 when he received a pass from Gaudreau at the right circle on a two-on-one but Markstrom slid to his left, stacked his pads, and made the save.
The duo of Laine and Chinakov had another great chance at 16:31 when Chinakov carried the puck down the left side on a two-on-zero rush but his shot was stopped by Markstrom.
The Jackets took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission trailing 14-9 in shots on goal.
Elvis Merzlikins replaced Korpisalo in net to start the middle period. Korpisalo left the game with a lower-body injury.
Eric Robinson doubled the Jackets' lead at 2:52 after intercepting a d-to-d pass and racing down the ice before beating Markstrom to the high-glove side with a wrist shot.
Laine had another good chance to score at 17:07 after Chinakov found him with a phenomenal diagonal pass, but Laine missed the net from the right circle.
The Jackets took a 2-0 lead into the final period of regulation and trailed 18-17 in shots on goal.
The Blue Jackets had a great chance to extend their lead with a five-on-four power play for 1:01 and a five-on-three for 0:59. At 5:57 Laine hit the post, at 6:52, Kent Johnson was stopped by Markstrom on a between-the-legs shot in front of the net.
Merzlikins had to make two huge saves on Rasmus Andersson and Kadri at 11:52.
Calgary finally broke through at 17:26 on a right-point blast from Michael Stone that went through traffic.
Despite a late Flames push with their net empty, the Jackets held strong and even added to their lead as Sean Kuraly flipped a puck from his own zone and found the net at 19:36.
The Jackets won 3-1 and improved to 9-15-2 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: CGY 32-27 CBJ
- Faceoff %: CGY 52.7-47.3 CBJ
- Power play: CGY 0/5-0/7 CBJ
- Takeaways: CGY 2-8 CBJ
- Giveaways: CGY 1-7 CBJ
- Blocked shots: CGY 5-18 CBJ
- Hits: CGY 12-14 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CGY 0.88-1.70 CBJ
- Chances (CF): CGY 35-32 CBJ
- Shots (SF): CGY 15-17 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CGY 13-18 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CGY 2-9 CBJ
Joonas Korpisalo did not return to the game after leaving with a lower-body injury.
The Jackets' home stand concludes on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET as they'll host the Los Angeles Kings on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
Columbus will travel to Florida to take on the Panthers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN+, Hulu, and 97.1 FM The Fan