Columbus snaps 4-game skid, rallies to beat San Jose 6-4
Sun, Dec 5, 2021
NHL News (AP)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Adam Boqvist scored twice, Andrew Peeke had two assists and the Columbus Blue Jackets snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.
Sean Kuraly, Cole Sillinger, Jack Roslevic and Alexandre Texier scored and Elvis Merzlikins stopped 30 shots as Columbus won its fourth straight home game.
Nick Bonino, Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose. Matt Nieto and Timo Meier each added two assists and Adin Hill stopped 24 shots in the loss.
The Sharks and Blue Jackets traded the lead through the first two periods.
Boqvist's slap shot at 16:16 of the first period got past Hill, giving Columbus the lead. It was Boqvist's fifth goal and eighth point in 11 games since returning from injury. Rookie Justin Danforth picked up his second career assist in as many games.
Bonino surprised Merzlikins and buried the rebound of Nieto's wrap-around shot to tie the score with just 2.3 seconds left in the first period. It was his fourth goal in seven games.
The Sharks took the lead 21 seconds into the second period on a wrist shot by Karlsson from the blue line. Karlsson has scored six goals this season, including three in the Sharks' last four games.
Kuraly evened the score 32 seconds later when he pulled up off the rush and his feed to Eric Robinson was deflected into the net.
San Jose went back ahead with a slap shot from the blue line by Burns at 8:44 of the second, his second goal of the season and first in 11 games. Sillinger pulled Columbus even at 17:49.
Roslevic, a healthy scratch in Columbus' loss Saturday to the Washington Capitals, handily beat Hill at 1:57 of the third to give Columbus a 4-3 lead. Boqvist added the insurance goal at 5:34 of the third.
Herdl made it a one-goal game at 10:11 of the third, firing a shot over Merzlikins' left shoulder before Texier sealed the win with an empty-netter at 18:53.
San Jose: Hosts Calgary on Tuesday.
Columbus: Visits Toronto on Tuesday.
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