Carter Verhaeghe's four goals, including a natural hat trick, helped the Florida Panthers dominate the Blue Jackets Saturday at Nationwide Arena.
Matthew Tkachuk nearly opened the scoring for Florida at 7:54 but was denied by Michael Hutchinson at the doorstep.
Sam Reinhart put the Panthers on the board first at 12:03 on the power play, finishing off a sweet tic-tac-toe passing sequence.
Verhaeghe doubled Florida's lead at 17:29 with a one-timer from the low slot off a cross-ice feed from Gustav Forsling.
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead into the second period along with a 13-5 edge in shots on goal.
Verhaeghe scored his second of the game at 0:18 one a wide-open net off a rebound when he was left open at the left doorstep.
At 6:34, Verhaeghe completed his natural hat trick with a wicked wrist shot from the left circle.
The Panthers led 4-0 heading into the final period of regulation with a 28-12 edge in shots on goal.
Hutchinson denied Tkachuk again on a breakaway at 7:46.
Cousins put Florida up 5-0 at 8:34, going up top on a wrist shot from the left circle.
Verhaeghe scored his fourth of the game at 11:18, tipping in a pass from the left doorstep.
Eric Staal scored from the right doorstep following a net-mouth scramble at 14:16.
With the 7-0 loss, the Blue Jackets fall to 23-44-8.
- Shots on Goal: FLA 49-21 CBJ
- Faceoff %: FLA 57.1-42.9 CBJ
- Power play: FLA 1/3-0/4 CBJ
- Takeaways: FLA 2-7 CBJ
- Giveaways: FLA 5-5 CBJ
- Blocked shots: FLA 11-18 CBJ
- Hits: FLA 18-28 CBJ
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): FLA 4.20-0.93 CBJ
- Chances (CF): FLA 76-29 CBJ
- Shots (SF): FLA 41-12 CBJ
- Scoring Chances (SCF): FLA 40-13 CBJ
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): FLA 18-5 CBJ
Jack Roslovic, Lane Pederson, and Adam Boqvist (illness) did not play in tonight's game. Roslovic and Pederson were both injured in Thursday's game while Boqvist is missing his second-consecutive game.
The Jackets are back in action at home against the Ottawa Senators Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.
The Jackets travel north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.