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Blue Jackets Squeak by Penguins in the Second Game of the Day

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

COLUMBUS- The Blue Jackets squeaked by the Penguins Sunday night at Nationwide Arena in the second game of a split-squad matchup, avenging a 3-2 shootout loss earlier with a 4-3 overtime win.

First Period

Alexandre Texier, who played last year in its entirety in Switzerland with the ZSC Tigers, got the scoring started in his return to Nationwide Arena, cleaning up a rebound from an Adam Fantilli shot. Fantilli and Laine collected the assists, their firsts of the preseason.

Jonathan Gruden tied things up for the Pens on a rebound-type shot that left him with a wide-open net 15:15 into the game.

A minute later, Carson Meyer put the Jackets ahead 2-1 off of a wraparound pass from Martin Rysavy.

Pittsburgh once again responded in the 19th minute, this time with Sam Poulin firing home a wrist shot.

Each team was penalized once in the first period, but no power-play goals were scored.

Second Period

The Jackets went down shorthanded midway through the second period. Adam Fantilli made a play to get the puck out of the zone, had a burst of speed to catch up to it, and spun around to find Carson Meyer on a breakaway in front. Meyer made no mistake and buried the snapshot 5 hole to put CBJ up 3-2.

Austin Wagner responded for the Pens with a beautiful backhand to tie it up once again.

Third Period

There isn’t much to report here. Pavel Cajan came into the game and played lights out, stopping all seven shots that he faced. Taylor Gauthier also played from the third period on for the Pens and faced 14 shots, turning away all of them.


Jordan Dumais put this one away for the Jackets, going back-bar from the bottom of the right circle.

What’s Next?

The Jackets play their next preseason game on Tuesday, traveling to St. Louis to take on the Blues.


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