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Blue Jackets Defeat Canucks – Merzlikins Returns From Injury and Dominates

On Sunday night, the Columbus Blue Jackets were in Vancouver to take on the Canucks. It was exactly one week before when the Jackets defeated the Canucks in Columbus, in a miraculous come from behind, 5-3 win.

With rookie goaltender, Elvis Merzlikins, returning from injury, the team was able to snag a much needed 2-1 victory over the Canucks. Merzlikins was standing on his freaking head in this game. He saved 26 out of 27 shots on net, and was making some highlight reel saves in the process.

Merzlikins would go on to get the third star of the game as well. Alrighty, now that I’ve taken the time to verbally blow this guy, let’s get to the breakdown of how this game went.

The first score of the game didn’t come until the 12:42 mark of the second period, when Jackets, Pierre-Luc Dubois (GREAT hockey name by the way), would skate behind the net, pass it back out to teammate, Emil Bemstrom, who ripped it top shelf to take a 1-0 lead.

The next goal would come at the very end of the second period. Literally just 27 seconds left on the clock, Jackets, David Savard, would mimic the Dubois pass from earlier, find an open Eric Robinson, who snapped it top shelf to take a 2-0 lead.

The final goal of the game would come at the 11:41 mark of the third period. This Elias Pettersson goal was so insane, I’m just going to let you watch it.

As impressive as this goal was, I will gladly be that guy and put an asterisk next to it. Pettersson flew past Ryan Murray, who is typically a pretty fast skater. This is because Pettersson just had a two minute rest period in the penalty box, so he was on fresh legs. Now I’m not saying this would have changed things if he wasn’t…oh wait yes I am.

Regardless of that goal, the Jackets would go on to be perfect defensively the rest of the game, and grab their second victory in a week over the Canucks. With that being said, all I have left to say about this game is, VICTORY SCREEEEEEECH!

After a well deserved three day rest period, the Jackets will be back on home ice on Thursday against their divsion rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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