The losing streak ends at seven.
Behind a power-play goal by Emil Bemstrom, a short-handed goal by Gustav Nyquist, and an even-strength goal by Kirill Marchenko, the Blue Jackets snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Blackhawks.
During the second media timeout, the Blue Jackets played a tribute video for former Jackets Seth Jones and Max Domi.
Johnny Gaudreau had a golden opportunity to open the scoring the game at 10:34 with a shot at a wide-open net from the bottom of the left circle but he was robbed by the stick of a diving Alex Stalock.
ALEX STALOCK— NHL (@NHL) December 31, 2022
A late submission for the save of the year! pic.twitter.com/AGi4cri8Sz
The Blackhawks opened the scoring at 11:33 when Mathieu Olivier's clearing attempt did not exit the defensive zone, leading to an Andreas Athanasiou wrist shot from the top of the left circle that beat Joonas Korpisalo.
The Blue Jackets tied the game on the power play at 18:40 on a one-timer from the left circle by Bemstrom off of a cross-ice feed from Gaudreau.
The teams were tied at one after one period of play with the Jackets holding a 15-9 edge in shots on goal.
Nyquist scored short-handed on the rush in front of the goal-mouth at 3:50 off a nice feed from Jack Roslovic to give the Jackets a 2-1 lead.
Roslovic had a chance to double the Jackets' lead on a breakaway at 6:35 but missed high.
Marchenko doubled the Columbus lead at 19:57 when he sniped a wrist shot from the wrist circle past the far side of Stalock.
The Blue Jackets took a 3-1 lead into the third period along with a 29-14 advantage in shots on goal.
Roslovic had another big chance to score from the slot at 7:00 off a great drop pass from Bemstrom but hit the goalpost.
The Blackhawks pulled Stalock at 17:30 to play as Olivier took a penalty so they could have a six-on-four advantage for two minutes.
Domi hit the post on a wrist shot from the right circle at 18:53.
Nyquist scored his second of the game on an empty net at 19:21 to put the nail in the coffin. It was his second short-handed goal of the game, marking the first time in franchise history that a player scored two short-handed goals in a game.
The Blue Jackets won 4-1 and improved to 11-22-2 on the season.
- Shots on Goal: CHI 27-38 CBJ
- Faceoff %: CHI 59.1-41.9 CBJ
- Power play: CHI 0/5-1/3 CBJ
- Takeaways: CHI 6-5 CBJ
- Giveaways: CHI 3-4 CBJ
- Blocked shots: CHI 17-5 CBJ
- Hits: CHI 19-20 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CHI 1.2-2.02 CBJ
- Chances (CF): CHI 29-53 CBJ
- Shots (SF): CHI 16-29 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CHI 9-25 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CHI 3-6 CBJ
Patrik Laine remains out with an illness. He has not played since Dec. 23.
Daniil Tarasov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered in Friday's practice.
The Blue Jackets will hit the road and travel to Canada's capital to face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
The Jackets return home to face the Washington Capitals on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and 97.1 FM The Fan.