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Columbus 3, Boston 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: T.J. Luxmore, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Jonny Murray, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 17349

Rookie Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves to record his second shutout in as many games as the host Columbus Blue Jackets skated to a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Merzlikins, 25, answered a 27-save performance in Columbus' 3-0 victory on Saturday versus Vegas by turning aside all 13 shots he faced in the third period to preserve his second career shutout.

Alexander Wennberg scored his second goal in as many contests and Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who improved to 12-2-4 in their last 18 games.

Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves in relief of an injured Tuukka Rask for the Bruins, whose first shutout of the season resulted in their fifth loss in eight games (3-2-3).

Rask was injured 1:12 into the game after he was hit in the head by the left glove of Emil Bemstrom, who was being pushed from behind by Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo. The former Vezina Trophy recipient remained on the ice for several moments before retreating to the locker room. He did not return to the contest.

The Bruins saw their franchise-record 14-game streak with at least one power-play goal come to a halt after going 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Columbus drew first blood as Nathan Gerbe gained possession of the puck just inside the blue line and wired a sharp pass to rookie defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, who quickly fed Wennberg. The 25-year-old Swede gained a stride on Boston defenseman John Moore before wiring a low shot from the inner edge of the right circle that sailed between the pads of Halak with 6:33 remaining in the first period.

The Blue Jackets made Boston pay for Brad Marchand's high-sticking penalty and doubled their advantage 5:46 into the third period. Captain Nick Foligno, who was stationed behind the net, set up Stenlund's one-timer from the right circle for his fourth goal of the season.

Nash provided insurance with 6:55 remaining in the third period after skating up the left wing before wristing a shot from the circle past Halak.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Boston   Columbus
N/A Points Riley Nash 1
N/A Goals Riley Nash 1
N/A Assists Emil Bemstrom 1
N/A Power Play Goals Kevin Stenlund 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jaroslav Halak .889 Save Percentage Elvis Merzlikins 1.000
Jaroslav Halak 24 Saves Elvis Merzlikins 34
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Boston 34 0 0-4 1-2 6 27
Columbus 27 3 1-2 4-4 10 22
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .480 after a loss.
  • Boston will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Bruins have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .350 after a loss.