Blue Jackets fall to Chicago 6-5 in shootout thriller


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ struggles on defense continued Tuesday night as CBJ lost 6-5-to the Chicago Blackhawks in a shootout thriller. CBJ lost despite two goals apiece from Oliver Bjorkstrand and Patrik Laine.

Columbus has allowed four goals or more in six of its last 10 games.

CBJ erased a two-goal deficit twice, including two goals by Bjorkstrand in the third period to force overtime.

CBJ trailed by two midway through the third period when Bjorkstrand scored to bring Columbus within one.

Bjorkstrand scored again six minutes later on a well-placed assist by Laine to even the game 5-5.

The loss comes on the same day goaltender Elvis Merzlikins was retroactively placed on the injured reserve as he deals with a week-to-week injury.

Chicago scored the first two goals before Cam Atkinson netted his sixth goal in seven games.

Laine evened the game 2-2 just 48 seconds into the second period on an absolute rocket slapshot for his seventh goal of the season.

Laine tied the game once again just before the halfway point of the second period on a near post top shelf forehand.

Dominik Kubalik gave Chicago the lead once again on the fourth goal of the second period and the Blackhawks scored again early in the third period on a power play goal from Adam Boqvist, the fifth different Blackhawk to score in the game.

Bjorkstrand’s two third period goals forced overtime, but neither team could score in the extra five minutes. CBJ could not score on three attempts in the shootout as they settle for one point.

CBJ closes out its two-game home series with Chicago on Thursday at 7:00.

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