Dmitri Voronkov Posts First-Career Multi-Goal Game To Help Blue Jackets Beat Canucks 4-3 In Shootout

By Coby Maeir on January 15, 2024 at 4:09 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Dmitri Voronkov (10) celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Dmitri Voronkov's first-career two-goal performance and 27 saves from Elvis Merzlikins propelled the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at Nationwide Arena. 

  1 2 3 OT SO F
BLUE JACKETS 1 1 1 0 1-4 4
VAN CANUCKS 2 1 0 0 0-4 3

1st Period

J.T. Miller opened the scoring at 5:28 with a shot from the point that deflected off of multiple Blue Jackets on its way past Elvis Merzlikins and into the back of the net. 

After Cole Sillinger separated Teddy Blueger from the puck along the wall, the puck found Johnny Gaudreau in the corner, and he found Yegor Chinakhov in the slot, where he scored his 11th goal of the season at 5:55.

Vancouver took a 2-1 lead at 14:54 after a Columbus defensive breakdown left Conor Garland wide open in the slow slot for a goal.

Canucks led 2-1 after the first period with a 14-9 lead in shots on goal.

2nd Period

Voronkov tied the game on the power play with his goal eighth goal of the year at 3:28 when he deflected Adam Boqvist's shot from the point past Canucks goalie Casey DeSmith.

Elias Pettersson picked up his second point of the day at 7:35 when he wired a right-circle, short-side wrist shot past Merzlikins on the power play.

Vancouver led 3-2 after 40 minutes while being outshot 30-24 by Columbus.

3rd Period

Voronkov scored his second of the game at 10:57 after digging the puck out of a pile on the side of the net and stuffing it with his backhand past DeSmith from the left doorstep.

After 60 minutes of regulation, the clubs were tied at three with Columbus outshooting Vancouver 37-29 heading into overtime.


Despite two great looks from Sillinger and a power play for each team, neither side could score.

After overtime, Columbus outshot Vancouver 41-30. 


Kirill Marchenko scored the shootout's lone goal and the Jackets won it in four rounds.

With the win, the Jackets improved to 14-20-9.


  • Shots on Goal: VAN 30-44 CBJ
  • Face-off %: VAN 54-46 CBJ
  • Power play: VAN 1/4-1/5 CBJ
  • Giveaways: VAN 6-4 CBJ
  • Takeaways: VAN 2-4 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: VAN 25-7 CBJ
  • Hits: VAN 11-15 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): VAN 2.04-2.70 CBJ
    • Shot Attempts (CF): VAN 42-50 CBJ
    • Shots on Goal (SF): VAN 22-27 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): VAN 22-23 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): VAN 8-10 CBJ

Injury Update

  • Sean Kuraly returned to action today after an eight-game absence with an abdominal injury
  • Zach Werenski was placed on IR with an ankle injury suffered on Dec. 27 and is out 4-6 weeks.
  • Nick Blankenburg was placed on IR retroactive to Dec. 19 with an upper-body injury. He's listed as day-to-day.
  • Patrik Laine is expected to miss six weeks with a clavicle fracture suffered on Dec. 14 and is on IR retroactive to Dec. 14.
  • Boone Jenner is on IR and is expected to miss six weeks with a broken jaw he suffered on Dec. 8. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets finish off their homestand on Friday when they host the Devils at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club then hits the road and will play the Oilers at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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