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Marchenko nets shootout winner, Blue Jackets edge Canucks 4-3

Vancouver sees 5-game winning streak end
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jake Bean, left, tries to clear the puck as Vancouver Canucks’ Conor Garland defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Kiril Marchenko scored the only goal in a four-round shootout to lift the host Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over Vancouver Monday, ending the Canucks’ five-game winning streak.

After Marchenko slid the puck between Casey DeSmith’s pads, Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins blocked Pius Suter’s shot to help the Blue Jackets’ end a three-game losing streak.

Columbus rallied three times in regulation with Dmitri Voronkov’s second goal of game with 9:03 left in the third period forcing the overtime.

Yegor Chinakhov also had a goal and Merzlikins — playing for the first time since Dec. 29 — made 27 saves.

J.T. Miller and Elias Pettersson each had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Conor Garland also scored and DeSmith had 41 stops for the Pacific Division leaders.

Miller got credit for his 20th goal on a deflected puck that tumbled past Merzlikins in the first period.

Thirty seconds later, Chinakhov was waiting for a perfect pass from Johnny Gaudreau from behind the goal line and beat DeSmith in close. Garland’s one-timer from the slot gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead late in the first.

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Voronkov deflected in a long shot by Adam Boqvist to tie the game at 2 early in the second period. On a power play later in the period, Pettersson beat Merzlikins over the glove from the right dot for his 23rd goal of the season.


Canucks: Host Arizona on Thursday night.

Blue Jackets: Host New Jersey on Friday night.

Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press