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Late Cole Sillinger goal powers Blue Jackets over Avalanche

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Cole Sillinger scored a tiebreaking goal with 1:02 remaining, and the host Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday night

Alexandre Texier, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Gabriel Carlsson also had goals and Elvis Merzlikins had 34 saves and an assist for Columbus, which swept the home-and-home series with Colorado.

Andre Burakovsky scored two goals and Darcy Kuemper stopped 38 shots for the Avalanche.

The Blue Jackets got the winner when Sillinger got the puck in the high slot and beat Kuemper through a screen for his fourth goal of the year.

Kuemper came off for an extra skater in the final minute but Bjorkstrand scored into the empty net with a shot from center ice. It was his fifth goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets struck first when they cycled the puck in Colorado’s end and Jakub Voracek sent a pass across the zone to a wide-open Carlsson at the top of the left circle. He skated in a little and beat Kuemper short side at 11:44 of the first period.

It was his first of the season.

Burakovsky answered a few minutes later. Devon Toews, playing in his first game after having offseason shoulder surgery, had a shot blocked from the point but got the ricochet and sent the puck down low to Samuel Girard.

Girard passed it to Nazem Kadri in the slot, and he sent it across to Burakovsky, and his one-timer beat Merzlikins at 16:16 of the first.

It stayed that way until well into the second period. Columbus defenseman Jake Bean carried the puck along the boards in his own end when Burakovsky stole it from him. Burakovsky rushed the net and roofed a backhander over Merzlikins’ right shoulder at 13:16.

It was his third of the season.

The Blue Jackets got the equalizer in the third when Eric Robinson dumped the puck into Colorado’s zone, it bounced off the boards and Texier beat Kuemper to the far post at 13:37. It was his third goal of the season.

–Field Level Media

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