Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – The Columbus Blue Jackets are not headed to
the playoffs, but they continue to rack up the wins.
Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored in the shootout, and the Blue Jackets
matched a franchise record with an eighth consecutive victory by rallying to
beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night.
Johansen’s goal with 3:43 left in regulation completed Columbus’ rally from a
3-1 third-period deficit.
Jack Johnson scored in a third straight game for the Blue Jackets, whose
eight-game run equals the team record set Jan. 6-23, 2014.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 25 saves and turned aside both New York shooters in the
John Tavares scored his 35th goal of the season and added an assist for the
Islanders, who have dropped eight of their last 10 games and are tied with
Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 Columbus shots, including seven in overtime.
Johnson, who was sent home after not feeling well at the morning skate,
pounced on a loose puck during a scrum around the crease and snapped a shot
past Halak to draw Columbus within 3-2 at 11:08 of the third.
Johansen tied it when he poked in a puck that sat behind Halak in the crease.
The Blue Jackets killed a penalty over the final two minutes to force
overtime, then couldn’t take advantage of an early man advantage in overtime.
Reinserted into the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past 11 games,
Eric Boulton staked the Islanders to an early lead, sweeping his own rebound
under Bobrovsky 2:54 into the contest. It was Boulton’s first goal since Dec.
The Blue Jackets tied it at 7:06 of the first period on a goal from Brandon
Dubinsky. After moving the puck to Dalton Prout at the point, Dubinsky went
to the net and had Prout’s shot deflect in off his leg.
Tavares gave New York a 2-1 lead 2:03 into the second period. Defenseman Nick
Leddy was down low behind the Columbus net and sent a pass off the boards to
Johnny Boychuk, whose blast from the point was tipped in the slot by Tavares.
Continuing the theme of early goals in periods, Ryan Strome extended the
Islanders’ lead 55 seconds into the third. Tavares carried the puck across the
Columbus blue line, pulled up in the right circle and dished to a trailing
Travis Hamonic at the point. Bobrovsky made a save on Hamonic’s one-timer,
but Strome buried the rebound past the Blue Jackets goalie.
Columbus’ Todd Richards picked up his 200th win as an NHL head coach …
Johansen has four goals and eight assists during a nine-game point streak …
Columbus was 0-for-2 on the power play. The Islanders have gone 10 straight
road games without allowing a power-play goal … Leddy had two assists.