COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Elvis the King, make means for Elvis the Wall.
Elvis Merzlikins recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-0 Tuesday night time for his or her fourth win in 5 video games.
Alexander Wennberg, Kevin Stenlund and Riley Nash scored for Columbus.
Merzlikins received for the sixth time in his eight begins and turned apart all 34 pictures he confronted. His 5 wins since Dec. 31 tie him for the NHL lead with Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy.
“Tonight the team worked really hard,” Merzlikins mentioned. “They tried to cut the chances for Boston. I think the team did a bigger part than me tonight. It’s a team shutout. They did a big job blocking the shots, so thank you to them.”
Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak entered the sport at 1:12 of the primary interval after Tukka Rask was inadvertently struck within the head by an elbow within the crease. Halak stopped 24 pictures in reduction because the Bruins misplaced their second straight and had been shut out for the primary time this season.
Wennberg acquired the Blue Jackets offense going, taking a feed from Vladislav Gabrikov off a go from Nathan Gerbe at 13:27 of the primary interval and beat Halak by way of the pads. The purpose was the fourth of the season for Wennberg and his second in two video games after a 35-game scoring drought.
The help was the fourth level in 5 video games for Gerbe, who three weeks in the past was enjoying for the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League.
“I didn’t like the way we defended,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned. “Two defensemen got beat one-on-one. Something you’ve got to be able to do is play your one-on-ones. The puck then beat (Halak) on the ice through the legs. He’ll tell you right now that was not a good goal.”
Stenlund gave the Jackets respiration room with a power-play purpose at 5:46 of the third, blasting a one-timer off a behind-the-net go from Nick Foligno.
“That was a big goal, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “It’s all about momentum. … To go up 2-0 in that type of game, it’s a fairly big goal.”
Nash sealed the win at 13:05 with an unassisted shot from the left circle.
“Our team is playing like a team and that’s why we are winning,” Foligno mentioned.
NOTES: The Blue Jackets have given up two targets of their final three video games. … Columbus coach John Tortorella is one win from 200 for his Blue Jackets’ profession. … Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk was a wholesome scratch for the primary time this season.
Columbus: Hosts Carolina on Thursday.
Boston: Hosts Pittsburgh on Thursday.