National Hockey League

Texier's goal, Roslovic's debut, Merzlikins' winning gamble, and the power play awakens


Columbus coach John Tortorella was so displeased with his team’s performance that he found it hard to quibble about the blown lead.


But this time Tortorella believed his team got the outcome it deserved when Alexandre Texier scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout for a 3-2 victory.


With Columbus leading 1-0 in the second period, the center’s soft pass trying to get out of the defensive zone was stolen by Anthony Duclair.


Columbus native Jack Roslovic made his Blue Jackets debut on Thursday following his acquisition Saturday from Winnipeg in the Pierre-Luc Dubois trade.


“I was super-excited to come in and just get my feet back under me and play a game,” said Roslovic, who had been staying in Columbus as a restricted free agent holdout until the trade.


He mentioned the second goal he gave up, in which he couldn’t snare and then locate the rebound off a shot by Anton Stralman.






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