COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Khokhlachev scored the winner in the seventh round of a shootout in his second NHL game, leading the Boston Bruins over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Friday night.
Khokhlachev was called up from American Hockey League Providence on Thursday to add insurance up the middle for the Bruins. His forehand goal came after Niklas Svedberg stopped all seven Columbus shooters, including the final one, Matt Calvert.
The Bruins got three goals in the third period to overcome a 2-0 deficit, then hung on after Columbus pulled even on Jack Johnson’s goal with 7:13 left in regulation.
Dennis Seidenberg scored on a 78-foot shot from the neutral zone and Matt Fraser and Daniel Paille also scored for Boston. Matt Bartkowski, an Ohio State product, had two assists for the Bruins.
Ryan Johansen had a goal and two assists, Nick Foligno scored and had an assist and Sergei Bobrovsky had 38 saves for the Blue Jackets.
Bobrovsky had stopped the Bruins’ first 23 shots, some with stellar plays. But shortly after making three saves on a Boston power play, he surrendered a softie early in the third period.
Seidenberg was two strides over the center line when he fired the puck on net — measured at 78 feet — and it somehow slid between Bobrovsky’s leg pads to make it 2-1.
The Bruins then pulled even at the 9:33 mark. Patrice Bergeron settled a bouncing puck and passed to Bartkowski, whose hard shot from the right point was redirected by Fraser for the tying goal.
Just over a minute later, Paille netted his first of the season. He pounced on a loose puck in the high slot, spun and wristed it in for a 3-2 lead with 8:28 remaining in regulation.
The Blue Jackets, who had also been getting prime scoring chances all night, came right back to even things.
Johnson, who it was revealed earlier this week has declared bankruptcy after his parents squandered millions of his earnings, stepped into a shot at the left dot with 7:13 left in the third.
NOTES: Leopold’s assist was his first point for the Blue Jackets. … Bruins C David Krejci was a surprising scratch. No reason was given. … Boston was already without Ds Zdeno Chara (knee), Adam McQuaid (broken thumb) and David Warsofsky (groin), each out for at least a month and LW Brad Marchand (undisclosed injury, day-to-day). … Columbus is missing six top players in an injury-marred season. … Blue Jackets rookie Alexander Wennberg blocked a shot with his leg/foot and limped off but later returned.