Merzlikins records 2nd shutout; Columbus beats Boston 3-0

Elvis Merzlikins recorded his 2nd consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Department-leading Boston Bruins Three-Zero for his or her fourth win in 5 video games

COLUMBUS, Ohio —
Elvis the King, make method for Elvis the Wall.

Elvis Merzlikins recorded his 2nd consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Department-leading Boston Bruins Three-Zero Tuesday evening for his or her fourth win in 5 video games.

Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus.

Merzlikins gained for the 6th time in his 8 begins and became apart all 34 pictures he confronted. His 5 wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

“This night the workforce labored in reality arduous,” Merzlikins stated. “They attempted to chop the possibilities for Boston. I believe the workforce did a larger phase than me this night. It’s a workforce shutout. They did a large activity blocking off the pictures, so thanks to them.”

Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the sport at 1:12 of the primary duration after Tukka Rask was once inadvertently struck within the head by means of an elbow within the crease. Halak stopped 24 pictures in reduction because the Bruins misplaced their 2nd immediately and have been close out for the primary time this season.

Wennberg were given the Blue Jackets offense going, taking a feed from Vladislav Gabrikov off a cross from Nathan Gerbe at 13:27 of the primary duration and beat Halak during the pads. The objective was once the fourth of the season for Wennberg and his 2nd in two video games after a 35-game scoring drought.

The lend a hand was once the fourth level in 5 video games for Gerbe, who 3 weeks in the past was once taking part in for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

“I didn’t like the best way we defended,” Boston trainer Bruce Cassidy stated. “Two defensemen were given beat one-on-one. One thing you’ve were given with the intention to do is play your one-on-ones. The puck then beat (Halak) at the ice during the legs. He’ll let you know at this time that was once now not a just right objective.”

Stenlund gave the Jackets respiring room with a power-play objective at five:46 of the 3rd, blasting a one-timer off a behind-the-net cross from Nick Foligno.

“That was once a large objective, Blue Jackets trainer John Tortorella stated. “It’s all about momentum. … To move up 2-Zero in that form of sport, it’s a slightly large objective.”

Nash sealed the win at 13:05 with an unassisted shot from the left circle.

“Our workforce is taking part in like a workforce and that’s why we’re successful,” Foligno stated.

NOTES: The Blue Jackets have given up two objectives of their remaining 3 video games. … Columbus trainer John Tortorella is one win from 200 for his Blue Jackets’ occupation. … Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk was once a wholesome scratch for the primary time this season.

UP NEXT

Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Thursday.

Boston: Hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday.

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