Blue Jackets Win Second-Straight Game In 4-1 Victory Over Avalanche Behind Two Alex Nylander Goals And 46 Daniil Tarasov Saves

By Coby Maeir on April 1, 2024 at 9:47 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Daniil Tarasov (40) makes a save against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Daniil Tarasov made 46 saves and Alex Nylander scored a pair of goals to help the Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on Monday.  

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1st Period

The Avalanche dominated the first period, outshooting the Blue Jackets 11-7 and taking a 12-7 advantage in high-danger chances into the second period, per Natural Stat Trick.

2nd Period

Kirill Marchenko opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the season at 9:35 after deflecting Erik Gudbranson's centering pass off the rush through Justus Annunen's wickets. With the goal, Marchenko became the second player in franchise history to score 20 goals in each of his first two seasons with the club.  

Alex Nylander doubled Columbus' lead with his ninth goal of the season at 14:12 with a right-circle wrist shot.

Nylander buried his 10th of the season at 18:03 with a top-shelf backhand shot from the left slot. 

The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after 40 minutes despite being outshot 28-21. 

3rd Period

Chris Wagner put the Avalanche on the board at 4:39 when he deflected Sean Walker's left-point shot that trickled past Tarasov. 

The Avalanche pulled Annunen for an extra skater with three minutes left in regulation before Nathan MacKinnon hit the post with a left-circle slapshot at 17:43.  

Cole Sillinger iced the game with his 13th goal of the ice when he scored on an empty net at 18:27.

With the 4-1 win, the Blue Jackets improved to 25-38-12. 


  • Shots on Goal: COL 47-25 CBJ
  • Face-off %: COL 56-44 CBJ
  • Power play: COL 0/4-0/2 CBJ
  • Giveaways: COL 4-3 CBJ
  • Takeaways: COL 1-6 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: COL 20-13 CBJ
  • Hits: COL 7-19 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): COL 2.41-1.06 CBJ
    • Shot Attempts (CF): COL 52-42 CBJ
    • Shots on Goal (SF): COL 34-17 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): COL 21-13 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): COL 11-6 CBJ

Injury Update

  • Boone Jenner is out with an illness.
  • Adam Boqvist is out with an upper-body injury sustained on Mar. 14 against the Ottawa Senators. There is no timetable for his return. 
  • Sean Kuraly is day-to-day with a lower-body injury sustained on Mar. 12 against the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Yegor Chinakhov is day-to-day with an upper-body injury he suffered on Mar. 12 against the Canadiens. 
  • Elvis Merzlikins is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. 
  • Kent Johnson has been placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left shoulder that will sideline him for the remainder of the season. He underwent successful surgery on Mar. 7 and is expected to make a full recovery in six months.
  • Patrik Laine entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program on Jan. 28 and will be away from the team indefinitely.
  • Adam Fantilli suffered a calf laceration on Jan. 28 and is expected to miss eight weeks.

Next Up

The Blue Jackets remain at home to host the New York Islanders on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club will finish its three-game home stand on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET against the Philadelphia Flyers on Bally Sports Ohio.

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