Blue Jackets Take 3-0 Lead After 1st Period but Lose 5-3 to the Ducks

By Coby Maeir on January 19, 2023 at 9:39 pm
Adam Boqvist, Patrik Laine, and Nick Blankenburg
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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. 

1st Period

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.

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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.

2nd Period

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.

3rd Period

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
    • 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

Injury Update

No players left tonight's game with injuries.

Next Up

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.