National Hockey League
Columbus 4, Winnipeg 3
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Kendrick Nicholson, Ian Walsh
Linesmen: James Tobias, Kyle Flemington
Attendance: 18425

Oliver Bjorkstrand recorded his second straight two-goal performance following his return from a 13-game injury absence as the host Columbus Blue Jackets skated to a 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

Defenseman Seth Jones collected a goal and an assist and Gustav Nyquist also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who won a season-high sixth game in a row and improved to 16-2-4 in their past 22 contests.

Columbus' Pierre-Luc Dubois notched three assists for the third time in his career and the second time this season. Bjorkstrand scored multiple goals in a third straight appearance, setting a franchise record.

Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins finished with 27 saves to continue his torrid stretch. The rookie has won five in a row and sports a 9-2-0 record since No. 1 goaltender Joonas Korpisalo went down with a knee injury.

After rallying from a trio of one-goal deficits, Columbus seized its first lead of the contest with 5:38 remaining in the third period. Bjorkstrand capped his fourth multi-goal performance in his last six games by skating in from the right circle and beating Laurent Brossoit (25 saves) for his team-leading 16th tally of the season.

Kyle Connor scored his team-leading 25th goal and had an assist for the Jets, who have lost four in a row and six of their past seven contests. Mason Appleton and defenseman Neal Pionk also tallied for Winnipeg.

Appleton cleaned up a rebound in the slot to open the scoring at 4:38 of the first period before Jones answered 88 seconds later following a hard drive to the net. Jones skated around Nikolaj Ehlers and Pionk before tucking the puck past Brossoit for his fifth goal of the season.

Connor deflected defenseman Anthony Bitetto's shot from the point to give Winnipeg a 2-1 lead with 2:54 remaining in the first period before Bjorkstrand answered with a one-timer 1:28 into the second.

Pionk's power-play shot from the point gave Winnipeg its third lead of the contest at 15:33 of the second.

However, Nyquist answered by poking home a loose puck for a power-play tally of his own with 2:05 left in the middle period.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Winnipeg   Columbus
Kyle Connor 2 Points Pierre-Luc Dubois 3
Kyle Connor 1 Goals Oliver Bjorkstrand 2
Luca Sbisa 2 Assists Pierre-Luc Dubois 3
Neal Pionk 1 Power Play Goals Gustav Nyquist 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Laurent Brossoit .862 Save Percentage Elvis Merzlikins .900
Laurent Brossoit 25 Saves Elvis Merzlikins 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 30 3 1-2 0-1 2 27
Columbus 29 4 1-1 1-2 4 38
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .577 after a win and .480 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game at home against Boston. The Jets have a W/L % of .385 after a win and .600 after a loss.