One of the toughest losses of the season.
After taking a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, the Jackets surrendered five straight goals and lost 5-3 to the Anaheim Ducks at Nationwide Arena Thursday.
Mathieu Olivier opened the scoring on the Blue Jackets' first shot on goal at 2:17, going bar-down on a wrist shot from the right circle on a two-on-one.
The Jackets doubled their lead at 6:05 after Adam Henrique gave the puck away to Jack Roslovic who fired a wrist shot from the right circle past Anthony Stolarz.
Nick Blankenburg extended Columbus' lead to three at 17:43 with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle after receiving a nice backhand pass from Patrik Laine, who recorded his 100th point as a Blue Jacket on the play.
The Jackets took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission along with a 15-9 advantage in shots on goal.
Anaheim made a change in goal to start the period, replacing Stolarz with John Gibson.
The Ducks got on the board at 0:22 when Adam Henrique finished off a great feed from Troy Terry at the doorstep.
Cam Fowler cut the Ducks' deficit in half at 13:07 after finishing a nice centering feed from Maxime Comtois at the doorstep.
Simon Benoit tied the game at 15:02 with a slap-shot from the top of the point.
The teams were tied at three going into the third period with the Blue Jackets leading 23-19 in shots on goal.
Trevor Zegras gave Anaheim its first lead of the night at 5:07 on a wrist shot from outside the right circle that Elvis Merzlikins could not handle with his glove.
Max Jones doubled Anaheim's lead at 15:31 after Merzlikins made a fantastic post-to-post save on Jayson Megna.
The Jackets pulled Merzlikins for an extra skater with 2:35 left but couldn't score.
With the 5-3 loss, Columbus falls to 13-30-2.
- Shots on Goal: ANA 33-33 CBJ
- Faceoff %: ANA 52.7-47.3 CBJ
- Power play: ANA 0/3-0/1 CBJ
- Takeaways: ANA 3-6 CBJ
- Giveaways: ANA 2-3 CBJ
- Blocked shots: ANA 12-11 CBJ
- Hits: ANA 15-20 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): ANA 2.67-2.11 CBJ
- Chances (CF): ANA 44-45 CBJ
- Shots (SF): ANA 27-25 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): ANA 21-24 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): ANA 13-8 CBJ
No players left tonight's game with injuries.
The Blue Jackets will finish their home stand Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Bally Sports Ohio.
The club heads on the road as Johnny Gaudreau will make his return to Calgary on Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and Hulu.