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

  • Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins, right, of Latvia, stops a shot from Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle, left, during the second period an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Paul Vernon

  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner, right, chases the puck in front of Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, of Slovakia, during the second period an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Paul Vernon

  • Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand, left, tries to control the puck next to Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Paul Vernon

  • Boston Bruins forward Danton Heinen, right, passes in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Paul Vernon

  • Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov, left, of Russia, reaches for the puck next to Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon) Paul Vernon

Associated Press
Published: 1/14/2020 10:10:55 PM
Modified: 1/14/2020 10:11:23 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 Tuesday night for their fourth win in five games.

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

Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his last eight starts and turned aside all 34 shots he faced. His five wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the game at 1:12 of the first period after Tukka Rask was inadvertently struck in the head by an elbow in the crease. Halak stopped 24 shots in relief as the Bruins lost their second straight and were shut out for the first time this season.

Wennberg got the Blue Jackets offense going, taking a feed from Vladislav Gabrikov off a pass from Nathan Gerbe at 13:27 of the first period and beat Halak through the pads. The goal was the fourth of the season for Wennberg and his second in two games after a 35-game scoring drought.

The assist was the fourth point in five games for Gerbe, who three weeks ago was playing for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Stenlund gave the Jackets breathing room with a power-play goal at 5:46 of the third, blasting a one-timer off a behind-the-net pass from Nick Foligno. Nash sealed the win at 13:05 with an unassisted shot from the left circle.

NOTES

The Blue Jackets have given up two goals in their last three games. ... Columbus coach John Tortorella is one win from 200 for his Blue Jackets’ career. ... Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Thursday.

Boston: Hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday.


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