Johnny Gaudreau Scores but Blue Jackets Lose Heart-breaker to Devils 3-2

By Coby Maeir on February 14, 2023 at 10:25 pm
Patrik Laine takes a shot in the Blue Jackets vs. Devils game.
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A heart-breaker.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Devils and Johnny Gaudreau scored his 15th goal of the season but New Jersey scored with less than two seconds in regulation to beat Columbus 3-2 on Tuesday at Nationwide Arena.

1st Period

The Blue Jackets had the game's first big chance at 2:26 when Jack Roslovic found Emil Bemstrom with a saucer pass leading Bemstrom to fire a shot from the left circle that was stopped by Vitek Vanecek.

Yegor Sharangovich opened the scoring at 10:46, giving the Devils a 1-0 lead with a wrist shot from the right circle that beat Elvis Merzlikins' five-hole. 

The Jackets had another great chance to score after Gaudreau's slap-shot from the top of the circles was stooped, starting an 80-second offensive-zone possession, but Vanecek made the saves necessary. 

Gaudreau did get on the board at 19:58 on the power play when he finished a rebound from the right doorstep to tie the game.

The Jackets and Devils were tied at one after the first period with Columbus leading 12-8 in shots on goal.

2nd Period

Jesper Bratt gave the Devils the lead at 0:07 after his team won the period's opening face-off, and John Marino sent Bratt on a breakaway where he beat Merzlikins.

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Columbus tied the game at 4:41 when Adam Boqvist ripped a wrist shot from the high slot over the blocker of Vanecek.

Nathan Bastian had a chance to give the Devils the lead at 11:01 with a shot from the slot, but it was blocked by Nick Blankenburg.

The Devils and Jackets were tied at two heading into the third period with New Jersey leading 20-19 in shots on goal.

3rd Period

Kirill Marchenko had the best chance of the period at 14:49 with a shot from the low slot but Vanecek kicked out his left pad to make the save.

Merzlikins made a save of his own at 16:32, denying Erik Haula from the slot on a rebound.

Bratt nearly scored his second goal of the night at 17:13 when a loose puck was sitting on the left doorstep but Merzlikins made the save with his right toe.

Ryan Graves scored from the doorstep at 19:58 after Michael McLeod out-weighted the Jackets' defense and found Graves.

The Jackets fell 3-2 and dropped to 16-34-4.


  • Shots on Goal: NJD 32-33 CBJ
  • Faceoff %: NJD 46.2-53.8 CBJ
  • Power play: NJD 0/2-1/3 CBJ
  • Takeaways: NJD 10-5 CBJ
  • Giveaways: NJD 1-5 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: NJD 11-22 CBJ
  • Hits: NJD 13-24 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): NJD 2.82-1.67 CBJ
    • Chances (CF): NJD 71-45 CBJ
    • Shots (SF): NJD 31-29 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): NJD 31-17 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): NJD 13-6 CBJ

Injury Update

No players left tonight's game with injuries.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets conclude their two-game home stand on Thursday against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club heads on the road to take on the Dallas Stars on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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