Duchene's Three-Point Night Lifts Stars Past Blue Jackets 5-2

By Will Chase on November 9, 2023 at 7:28 pm
Dallas Stars' Matt Duchene slides the puck under Columbus Blue Jackets' Spencer Martin for a goal during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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A fast start fizzled out.

Matt Duchene had a three-point night with a goal and two assists as the Dallas Stars beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

Tyler Seguin had two points with a goal and an assist. Mason Marchment, Craig Smith, and Jason Robertson scored for Dallas.

Jake Oettinger made 28 saves.

Boone Jenner and Kirill Marchenko scored for Columbus.

Spencer Martin made his 40th career start and fourth start of the season. He made 27 saves.

Tonight was the Stars' seventh road game and the first all season in which they outshot their opponent.

The Blue Jackets have one win in their last eight games.

First Period

  1 2 3 F
DAL STARS 1 2 2 5
BLUE JACKETS 2 0 0 2

Looking for their first win in a week, Columbus came out buzzing.

it didn't take long for the Blue Jackets to light the lamp when Jenner scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season at 1:08 with assists from Johnny Gaudreau and Jack Roslovic

Looking for that second goal, Mathieu Olivier had a point-blank chance on Oettinger, and Adam Fantilli hit a post.

Marchenko's third goal of the year at 8:43 extended a personal-best four-game point streak (three goals, one assist) and gave Columbus a brief 2-0 lead. Fantilli and Dmitri Voronkov picked up the assists.

Then Dallas woke up.

Duchene found Marchment for the goal only 46 seconds later at 9:29 to cut the deficit in half. Tyler Seguin had the secondary assist.

Second Period

Smith scored at 10:20 to tie the game at two. Radek Faksa picked up his first point of the season with the assist. Esa Lindell also had an assist.

Martin initially stopped Faksa's shot, but Smith roofed the rebound. Leading up to the goal, there was continuous play without a whistle for over five minutes. Columbus found their legs and then was burned on the counter.

At 16:32, Duchene scored on a breakaway that initially appeared to be stopped by Martin before it leaked through. A poor line change allowed Duchene to become wide-open and convert on the breakaway. Nils Lundkvist had the assist.

Third Period

At 3:47, Seguin scored his second goal of the season to extend the 4-2 Dallas lead. Lundkvist picked up his second assist of the night, while Duchene scored his third point with the secondary assist. 

Stats

  • Shots on Goal: DAL 31-29 CBJ
  • Face-off %: DAL 49.2-50.8 CBJ
  • Power play: DAL 0/2-0/1 CBJ
  • Giveaways: DAL 3-2 CBJ
  • Takeaways: DAL 5-5 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: DAL 9-20 CBJ
  • Hits: DAL 3-14 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
    • Expected Goals (xG): DAL 3.03-1.79 CBJ
    • Shot Attempts (CF): DAL 63-45 CBJ
    • Shots on Goal (SF): DAL 26-24 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): DAL 29-23 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): DAL 10-9 CBJ

Injury Update

Patrik Laine remains on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 20 with an upper-body injury.

Next Up

The club is in Detroit to battle the Red Wings on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

The road trip continues with a back-to-back when the Blue Jackets are in Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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