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

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Elvis the King, make way 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 for their fourth win in five games.

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

Merzlikins won for the sixth time in his 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.

''Tonight the team worked really hard,'' Merzlikins said. ''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 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.

''I didn't like the way we defended,'' Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. ''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 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.

''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 said.

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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BOS27-9-12
0000
CLB23-16-8
1023
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
P. Bergeron C000410/8018:271
A. Bjork LW00020/0014:051
B. Carlo D00000/0020:433
Z. Chara D00020/0019:312
C. Coyle C00046/4017:181
J. DeBrusk LW00031/1017:160
D. Heinen RW00-240/0016:280
S. Kampfer D00-120/0016:021
D. Krejci C00-106/6017:490
T. Krug D00010/0021:202
S. Kuraly C00-101/1008:342
B. Marchand LW00040/0220:051
C. McAvoy D00-120/0220:070
J. Moore D00-200/0016:234
J. Nordstrom LW00020/0209:493
D. Pastrnak RW00020/0019:350
B. Ritchie RW00-120/0010:275
C. Wagner RW00-103/2010:562
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
E. Bemstrom RW01030/0013:461
P. Dubois C00002/5414:403
N. Foligno LW01000/1022:114
V. Gavrikov D01110/0220:320
N. Gerbe LW01110/0012:312
S. Harrington D00010/0010:590
B. Jenner C00039/9020:010
S. Jones D00130/0027:000
J. Lilja LW00100/0010:090
S. Milano LW00020/0214:020
R. Nash C10136/5012:401
M. Nutivaara D00000/0011:432
G. Nyquist LW00030/0015:280
E. Robinson RW00110/0212:311
D. Savard D00120/0022:542
K. Stenlund RW10110/0011:001
A. Wennberg C10125/7013:540
Z. Werenski D00110/0024:050
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Halak (L)273240.88958:48
T. Rask 0000.00001:12
GOALIESSA
J. Halak (L)27
T. Rask 0
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
E. Merzlikins (W)340341.00059:54
GOALIESSA
E. Merzlikins (W)34
Zdeno Chara shot on goal (Slap shot)
BOS:GoalsShots
CLB:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CLB
      13:05GOAL Riley Nash (Snap shot)
    • CLB
      05:46(PP) GOAL Kevin Stenlund (Slap shot), Assists: Nick Foligno and Emil Bemstrom
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • CLB
        13:27GOAL Alexander Wennberg (Wrist shot), Assists: Vladislav Gavrikov and Nathan Gerbe
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • CLB
        05:49Eric Robinson penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • BOS
        04:41Brad Marchand penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • CLB
        01:34Sonny Milano penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • CLB
        12:35Pierre-Luc Dubois penalty Roughing - 2 min.
      • BOS
        12:35Joakim Nordstrom penalty Unsportsmanlike Conduct - 2 min.
      • CLB
        09:36Vladislav Gavrikov penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • BOS
        18:59Charlie McAvoy penalty Holding - 2 min.
      • CLB
        05:53Pierre-Luc Dubois penalty Cross Checking - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    BOS
    CLB
    Shots on Goal3427
    Goals in Power Play01
    Faceoff Wins2722
    Penalties35
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties35
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    BOS
    Shots on Goal34
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins27
    Penalties3
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties3
    Misconducts0
    123T
    BOS27-9-12
    0000
    CLB23-16-8
    1023
    STARS OF THE GAME
    0.0%SHOT %11.1%
    0.889%SAVE %1.000%
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Bergeron C000410/8018:271
    A. Bjork LW00020/0014:051
    B. Carlo D00000/0020:433
    Z. Chara D00020/0019:312
    C. Coyle C00046/4017:181
    J. DeBrusk LW00031/1017:160
    D. Heinen RW00-240/0016:280
    S. Kampfer D00-120/0016:021
    D. Krejci C00-106/6017:490
    T. Krug D00010/0021:202
    S. Kuraly C00-101/1008:342
    B. Marchand LW00040/0220:051
    C. McAvoy D00-120/0220:070
    J. Moore D00-200/0016:234
    J. Nordstrom LW00020/0209:493
    D. Pastrnak RW00020/0019:350
    B. Ritchie RW00-120/0010:275
    C. Wagner RW00-103/2010:562
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    E. Bemstrom RW01030/0013:461
    P. Dubois C00002/5414:403
    N. Foligno LW01000/1022:114
    V. Gavrikov D01110/0220:320
    N. Gerbe LW01110/0012:312
    S. Harrington D00010/0010:590
    B. Jenner C00039/9020:010
    S. Jones D00130/0027:000
    J. Lilja LW00100/0010:090
    S. Milano LW00020/0214:020
    R. Nash C10136/5012:401
    M. Nutivaara D00000/0011:432
    G. Nyquist LW00030/0015:280
    E. Robinson RW00110/0212:311
    D. Savard D00120/0022:542
    K. Stenlund RW10110/0011:001
    A. Wennberg C10125/7013:540
    Z. Werenski D00110/0024:050
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Halak (L)273240.88958:48
    T. Rask 0000.00001:12
    GOALIESSA
    J. Halak (L)27
    T. Rask 0
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    E. Merzlikins (W)340341.00059:54
    GOALIESSA
    E. Merzlikins (W)34
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    BOS27-9-12
    0000
    CLB23-16-8
    1023
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    P. Bergeron C000410/8018:271
    A. Bjork LW00020/0014:051
    B. Carlo D00000/0020:433
    Z. Chara D00020/0019:312
    C. Coyle C00046/4017:181
    J. DeBrusk LW00031/1017:160
    D. Heinen RW00-240/0016:280
    S. Kampfer D00-120/0016:021
    D. Krejci C00-106/6017:490
    T. Krug D00010/0021:202
    S. Kuraly C00-101/1008:342
    B. Marchand LW00040/0220:051
    C. McAvoy D00-120/0220:070
    J. Moore D00-200/0016:234
    J. Nordstrom LW00020/0209:493
    D. Pastrnak RW00020/0019:350
    B. Ritchie RW00-120/0010:275
    C. Wagner RW00-103/2010:562
    Total0003427/226-28
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    E. Bemstrom RW01030/0013:461
    P. Dubois C00002/5414:403
    N. Foligno LW01000/1022:114
    V. Gavrikov D01110/0220:320
    N. Gerbe LW01110/0012:312
    S. Harrington D00010/0010:590
    B. Jenner C00039/9020:010
    S. Jones D00130/0027:000
    J. Lilja LW00100/0010:090
    S. Milano LW00020/0214:020
    R. Nash C10136/5012:401
    M. Nutivaara D00000/0011:432
    G. Nyquist LW00030/0015:280
    E. Robinson RW00110/0212:311
    D. Savard D00120/0022:542
    K. Stenlund RW10110/0011:001
    A. Wennberg C10125/7013:540
    Z. Werenski D00110/0024:050
    Total3402722/2710-17
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    J. Halak (L)273240.88958:48
    T. Rask 0000.00001:12
    GOALIESSA
    J. Halak (L)27
    T. Rask 0
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    E. Merzlikins (W)340341.00059:54
    GOALIESSA
    E. Merzlikins (W)34
    GOALS
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

      123T
      BOS27-9-12
      0000
      CLB23-16-8
      1023
      TEAM STATS
      4.42
      GF AVG
      3.28
      GA AVG
      1.17
      Power Play
      3.10
      GF AVG
      3.13
      GA AVG
      .62
      Power Play
      All times are US/Eastern.