Kirill Marchenko Posts First-career Hat Trick, Blue Jackets in 4-3 in a Shootout

By Coby Maeir on January 7, 2023 at 7:04 pm
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First hat trick for Marchenko.

Kirill Marchenko scored his first-career hat trick and a goal in the shootout to help the Blue Jackets beat the Hurricanes 4-3 at Nationwide Arena Saturday.

1st Period

Emil Bemstrom made a great two-way play leading to a breakaway chance at 1:57 but he was denied by Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta.

The Hurricanes had several high-danger chances on their first power play of the period, most notably a shot by Jesperi Kotkaniemi from the left circle that Joonas Korpisalo had to make going left to right at 4:38. He made several saves following the first one to keep the score level.

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Seth Jarvis nearly opened the scoring for Carolina at 12:39 with a wrist shot from the left slot but Korpisalo made the stop.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard after the first period with Carolina taking a 12-7 edge in shots on goal into the middle frame.

2nd Period

Korpisalo kept the game scoreless at 5:58 when he denied Martin Necas from the right doorstep.

Marchenko opened the scoring on the power play at 7:26 when he received a feed from Kent Johnson and raced down the right-wing side before scoring a wrap-around goal.

Marchenko scored on the power play again at 9:02 after Johnson kept the puck in the zone at the blue line before finding Marchenko in the slot where he fired a shot past Raanta. With the goal, he became the fourth rookie in Blue Jackets history to score two power-play goals in the same game.

Max Pacioretty got the Hurricanes on the board at 11:20 on a backhand shot from the slot that deflected off of Vladislav Gavrikov on its way in. 

Carolina tied the game at two on the power play at 17:18 after Andrew Peeke's clearing attempt up the right-wing boards didn't exit the zone and the puck found its way to Brady Skjei in the slot where he fired a wrist shot past the high-glove side of Korpisalo.

Pacioretty scored again to give the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead on the power play at 18:56 on a snap-shot from the bottom of the right circle that deflected off of Gavrikov's stick and then off of Korpisalo before finding the back of the net.

Carolina took a 3-2 lead into the third period along with a 34-14 advantage in shots on goal.

3rd Period

Marchenko completed his hat trick at 5:23 after fighting through a check on the left-wing boards to get to the left dot and firing a wrist shot past Raanta. He became the sixth rookie in franchise history to record a hat trick.

Both teams were tied at three and headed into overtime with Carolina leading 41-18 in shots on goal.


There was just one shot on goal during the overtime period and it came from Svechnikov. Because Kuraly started the period in the penalty box, Carolina began the overtime at 4-on-3, which then became four-on-four. There were no stoppages during the extra five-minute frame.


Johnson scored the winner in the fifth round to give the Jackets a 4-3 win to improve to 12-24-2


  • Shots on Goal: CAR 42-18 CBJ
  • Faceoff %: CAR 65.3-34.7 CBJ
  • Power play: CAR 2/6-2/5 CBJ
  • Takeaways: CAR 5-1 CBJ
  • Giveaways: CAR 3-0 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: CAR 5-12 CBJ
  • Hits: CAR 12-27 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CAR 2.45-0.67 CBJ
    • Chances (CF): CAR 51-20 CBJ
    • Shots (SF): CAR 31-11 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CAR 23-10 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CAR 13-4 CBJ

Injury Update

Eric Robinson and Daniil Tarasov remain day-to-day with upper-body injuries.

Brad Larsen said that Nick Blankenburg is "coming back here soon, hopefully." Blankenburg hasn't played since Nov. 10 when he suffered a broken ankle and a high ankle sprain.

Next Up

The Jackets are back in action Sunday at 5 p.m. ET in Washington, D.C. to take on the Capitals on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.

Columbus continues its road trip on Tuesday to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.

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