Columbus scores three in 3rd period to beat Colorado 4-2

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to three games on Saturday night, beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 with a three-goal third period.

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored with 30 seconds left in the game, following Cole Sillinger's goal with 32 seconds earlier and Alexandre Texier's with about six and a half minutes left. Gabriel Carlsson also scored, while Elvis Merzlikins stopped 33 shots and added an assist for his fifth win this year.

Andre Burakovsky scored twice for the Avalanche, and Darcy Kuemper had 38 saves.

Colorado dominated puck possession early, but Columbus jumped on the board first at 11:44 of the opening period when Jakub Voracek fought off defenders along the boards and found a charging Carlsson for his first goal of the season.

The assist was Voracek’s 10th of the season and fifth in three games, extending his point streak to three games. Yegor Chinakhov earned his first NHL point with the secondary assist.

Burakovsky, back after missing Colorado’s last game with a lower-body injury, knotted the score at 1 with a one-timer from Nazem Kadri with about four minutes left in the first. The goal was his second of the season and first since Oct. 16. Nadri has points in four straight games and four assists in his last two games.

Burakosvsky then made it 2-1 Colorado amid a fast-paced second period on an unassisted backhander over Merzlikins' right shoulder at 13:16.

Columbus, however, was far from done. Texier knotted the score at 2 by firing an Eric Robinson feed past Kuemper with about six minutes left in the third, with Merzlikins earning his first assist on the clearing pass.

Sillinger then deflected a Chinakhov shot for his third goal in two games. Bjorkstrand added an empty-netter with 30 seconds left in the game.

Columbus won for the fifth time this season after scoring first and tied the team’s best 10-game start to the season at 7-3-0.

Both teams were futile on the power play, going a combined 0-8.

UP NEXT

Avalanche: Host Vancouver on Thursday night.

Blue Jackets: Host Washington on Friday night.

Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press

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