COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kirill Marchenko scored 16 seconds into overtime to rally the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Sunday night to end a four-game losing streak and move out of the NHL basement.
Kent Johnson, Eric Robinson and Boone Jenner also scored for Columbus, Johnny Gaudreau had two assists and Marchenko added an assist. Jon Gillies stopped 24 shots in his Blue Jackets debut — and first game this season — for his first win since Feb. 10, 2022.
“He was solid,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said of Gillies. “I think we played well in front of him. We got a few breaks there on some breakdowns where they missed the net or we got a stick on our block, which was huge in those moments. But he settled in and he got the job done.”
Marchenko’s winner was his 21st goal of the season and set a franchise rookie record. He’s tied with Dallas’ Wyatt Johnston and Seattle’s Matty Beniers for the NHL lead among rookies.
“It’s a first for me, the first goal in overtime,” Marchenko said. “It’s a great feeling. I really like it. I want to score more, of course, but it’s a really good feeling.”
Columbus tied Anaheim for the second-fewest points in the NHL with 56. Chicago is last with 54.
Dylan Gambrell, Mark Kastelic and Alex DeBrincat scored for the Senators, who have lost two straight. Cam Talbot stopped 18 shots for Ottawa, whose playoff hopes are slipping away as the Senators sit six points behind Pittsburgh for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
“I think we had good moments,” Kastelic said. “I think every guy in that room takes a lot of pride in battling. It’s just one of those games where you wish you did a little bit more. An unfortunate ending.”
Columbus and Ottawa traded goals through the first 10 minutes of the first period, with Johnson scoring on the power play at 2:41 on the Blue Jackets’ first shot, followed by Gambrell’s wrister at the four-minute mark.
Robinson put Columbus back in front five seconds later on the Blue Jackets second shot of the game before Kastelic tied it again. DeBrincat put Ottawa ahead with five minutes left in the period.
Neither team scored again until Jenner pulled Columbus even at 14:11 of the third with his team-leading 26th of the season.
“We had a few too many guys that weren’t ready to play,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “In a game like this when your season’s on the line, you have to have them going on a back-to-back.”
Kent Johnson’s goal was his 16th of the season, putting him fourth among NHL rookie scorers. Columbus is first in the NHL in goals among rookies with 51, a franchise record.
Justin Richards’ assist on Robinson’s goal was his first point with the Blue Jackets and gave him two helpers in his first three NHL games. … Billy Sweezy got his first NHL point with his assist on Jenner’s goal.
The Senators recalled goalie Leevi Merilainen from AHL Belleville after Mads Sogaard did not travel to Columbus because of an illness.
Marchenko tied Jakub Voracek for the second-fastest tally to begin an overtime period in Blue Jackets history. Seth Jones holds the record at 10 seconds.
Senators: Visit Carolina on Tuesday night.
Blue Jackets: Visit Toronto on Tuesday night.
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Nicole Kraft, The Associated Press