A huge win at Nationwide.
Joonas Korpisalo made 37 saves, Patrik Laine scored against his former team and Kent Johnson was the third-period hero as the Blue Jackets beat the Jets 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.
The Jets had the game's first big chance at 14:52 when Josh Morrissey's one-timer from the right circle was denied by Korpisalo.
Cole Sillinger had the Jackets' best chance of the period at 11:27, firing a wrist shot from the left circle that was stopped by David Rittich.
Winnipeg opened the scoring on the power play at 19:58 when Kyle Connor's wrist shot from the right circle beat Korpisalo.
The teams headed to the first intermission with the Jets leading 1-0 with a 12-2 edge in shots on goal.
Laine scored his third goal against the Jets this season on the power play at 10:00 with a wrist shot from the left circle.
The Jets had a chance to re-take the lead with a five-on-three power play but Korpisalo made several key saves from the 13:49 mark to the 14:14 mark.
After both penalties expired, Erik Gudbranson exited the box and went on a breakaway where he was stopped by Rittich at 15:48.
With the Blue Jackets on the power play, Pierre-Luc Dubois had a breakaway of his own at 17:20 but Korpisalo made the save.
The teams were tied at one heading into the third period with Winnipeg leading 24-16 in shots on goal.
The Jets had another five-on-three opportunity but Connor missed three shots from the 3:18 to 3:35 marks and Korpisalo denied Morrissey at 3:44 to keep the game tied.
Johnson gave the Blue Jackets the lead with a turn-around wrist shot from the right circle that snuck through Rittich at 9:40.
Nikolaj Ehlers nearly tied the game with two shots at 15:32 and 15:45 but Korpisalo stopped them both.
Mathieu Olivier nearly doubled the Jackets' lead at 17:23 with a shot from the low slot but Rittich made the save.
The Jets pulled their goalie with 2:00 left but couldn't score and Boone Jenner iced the game with an empty-net goal at 19:57.
The Jackets won 3-1 and improved to 17-34-4.
- Shots on Goal: WPG 38-24 CBJ
- Faceoff %: WPG 45.8-54.2 CBJ
- Power play: WPG 1/7-1/5 CBJ
- Takeaways: WPG 2-4 CBJ
- Giveaways: WPG 3-4 CBJ
- Blocked shots: WPG 11-19 CBJ
- Hits: WPG 13-19 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): WPG 1.72-0.84 CBJ
- Chances (CF): WPG 44-25 CBJ
- Shots (SF): WPG 22-14 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): WPG 29-13 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): WPG 7-5 CBJ
No players left tonight's game with injuries.
The Jackets are back in action on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio as they take on the Stars in Dallas.
The club heads to the desert to take on the Arizona Coyotes at 8:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and NHL Network.