At least Tarasov was terrific.
Daniil Tarasov made 36 saves and Kent Johnson scored a late goal but the Blue Jackets fell 2-1 to the Dallas Stars Monday at Nationwide Arena.
Tarasov was tested early as he was forced to stop multiple Jason Robertson shots within the first four minutes. At 4:43, Mason Marchment drove hard to the net down the left side and crashed into Tarasov along with Andrew Peeke, but Tarasov made the save.
The first big chance for the Blue Jackets came at 8:25 when Johnson found Johnny Gaudreau in the low slot from behind the net, but he was denied by Jake Oettinger.
Tarasov denied Marchment again at 16:58 after falling out of position but still recovering in time to make the save on a shot from the left goal line.
Jack Roslovic nearly opened the scoring at 18:37 with a wrist shot from the left circle, but Oettinger made the save.
Both teams were held scoreless after the first period of play with Dallas holding a 14-13 advantage in shots on goal.
Wyatt Johnson opened the scoring for Dallas just 55 seconds into the period when he scored a backhand shot off a rebound from the bottom of the left circle.
Joe Pavelski nearly doubled the Stars' lead at 6:38 after receiving a nice saucer pass from Roope Hintz at the low slot but his wrist shot was stopped by Tarasov.
"nope"— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 20, 2022
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Tarasov kept the deficit at one when he denied Jamie Benn at the left doorstep going left to right at 18:01.
The Blue Jackets net-minder was called upon again at 19:10 when he made a fantastic save on Hintz in front of the net who tipped a pass from Robertson.
just Tarry things pic.twitter.com/TnEEh9uPbn— Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 20, 2022
Dallas took a 1-0 lead into the final period of regulation with a 27-20 advantage in shots on goal.
Marcus Bjork nearly tied the game on the power play at 1:00 when he hit the post with a wrist shot from the point.
Tarasov denied Pavelski again at 11:07 and 11:11 with both shots from in front of the net.
Gus Nyquist hit the post at 17:33, which nearly tied the game late.
Jason Robertson doubled Dallas' lead at 18:54 with an empty-net goal from long distance.
Johnson cut the lead at 19:45 with a backhand shot from the slot.
The Jackets couldn't score in the final 15 seconds and fell 2-1, falling to 10-19-2.
- Shots on Goal: DAL 34-28 CBJ
- Faceoff %: DAL 62.7-37.3 CBJ
- Power play: DAL 0/0-0/1 CBJ
- Takeaways: DAL 5-6 CBJ
- Giveaways: DAL 4-10 CBJ
- Blocked shots: DAL 12-26 CBJ
- Hits: DAL 9-33 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): DAL 3.37-1.69 CBJ
- Chances (CF): DAL 72-54 CBJ
- Shots (SF): DAL 33-25 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): DAL 39-21 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): DAL 20-7 CBJ
Boone Jenner was placed on IR with a broken thumb that will require surgery and is expected to miss approximately four weeks.
Cole Sillinger missed tonight's game and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.
Daniil Tarasov gets another start for the #CBJ tonight. Brad Larsen says he has one more decision to make at forward and confirms Kent Johnson will start the game centering Johnny Gaudreau and Patrik Laine. Cole Sillinger is day to day with an upper body injury— Bailey Johnson (@BaileyAJohnson_) December 19, 2022
Yegor Chinakov left the game early in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. He hobbled off the ice and did not put any weight on his left leg.
#CBJ say Yegor Chinakov will not return with the lower-body injury he suffered early in the first period.— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) December 20, 2022
The Blue Jackets are back at it Tuesday night in Philadelphia to take on John Tortorella's Flyers at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
The club's road trip continues Friday night at 8:30 p.m. ET in Chicago against Patrick Kane, Seth Jones, and the Blackhawks on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.