Blue Jackets Blow 4-0 Lead, Lose to Penguins 5-4 in OT

By Coby Maeir on March 7, 2023 at 9:50 pm
Kent Johnson carries the puck in the Blue Jackets vs. Penguins game.
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The Blue Jackets blew a 4-0 second-period lead and lost 5-4 in overtime to the Penguins at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh Tuesday night.

1st Period

Emil Bemstrom opened the scoring on the power play at 4:02 with a one-timer from the left circle off a feed from Cole Sillinger who received a slap-pass from Kent Johnson.

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Lane Pederson scored his first goal as a Jacket at 7:54 one the rush after he crashed the net to finish off a rebound from a Liam Foudy centering pass. 

Patrik Laine extended the Jackets' lead to three at 10:11 after Johnson intercepted a pass in the defensive zone and sent Roslovic down the left wing with a beautiful lead pass before Roslovic found Laine in his wheelhouse with a no-look backhand pass.

The Jackets led 3-0 after the first period with a 10-7 edge in shots on goal.

2nd Period

Michael Hutchinson replaced Elvis Merzlikins, who stopped all seven shots he faced, to start the second period. 

Foudy put Columbus up four at 2:37 with a wicked wrist shot from the left circle over the right shoulder of Tristan Jarry after receiving a cross-ice feed from Bemstrom.

After the goal, Jarry was pulled after stopping eight of 12 shots.

Jason Zucker got the Penguins on the board at 10:23 after being left wide open in front of the net and deking Hutchinson for the goal.

Columbus took a 4-1 lead into the third period trailing 23-19 in shots on goal.

3rd Period

Jake Guentzel cut Pittsburgh's deficit to two at 0:21 with a snap-shot from the right circle.

Zucker scored his second of the night at 3:16 after he was left all alone in the slot.

Danton Heinen tied the game at four at 3:59. on a rebound off the rush after being left open at the doorstep by Erik Gudbranson.

The Penguins scored two goals in 0:43 and three goals in 3:38.

The teams were tied at four and headed to overtime with Pittsburgh leading 41-26 in shots on goal.


Sidney Crosby scored the winner at 2:45 on the power play with a one-timer from the right circle.

With the loss, the Jackets fall to 20-37-7.


  • Shots on Goal: CBJ 27-47 PiT
  • Faceoff %: CBJ 48.5-51.5 PIT
  • Power play: CBJ 1/2-1/2 PIT
  • Takeaways: CBJ 13-14 PIT
  • Giveaways: CBJ 15-4 PIT
  • Blocked shots: CBJ 28-10 PIT
  • Hits: CBJ 43-51 PIT
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.86-4.89 PIT
    • Chances (CF): CBJ 37-87 PIT
    • Shots (SF): CBJ 20-39 PIT
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 18-46 PIT
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 8-25 PIT

Injury Update

Elvis Merzlikins did not play the final two periods. The team said he is ill.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets return home to take on the Blues Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club will set out on its California road trip and face the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, March 14, at 10:30 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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