Avs lost their third game in a row in overtime as the Blue Jackets won 5-4 in Columbus Thursday

Posted: 10:59 PM, Mar 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-09 00:59:22-05
Avs lost their third game in a row in overtime as the Blue Jackets won 5-4 in Columbus Thursday

COLUMBUS, Ohio --  Seth Jones  was in the right place to sweep in a beautiful feed from  Pierre-Luc Dubois  59 seconds into overtime to win a game the  Columbus Blue Jackets  nearly let slip away in the third period.

Dubois, the Blue Jackets' 19-year-old rookie, danced through the slot and into the left circle before sliding the puck back past Colorado's  Tyson Barrie  and onto Jones' stick. The goal lifted Columbus past the Avalanche 5-4 on Thursday night and allowed the Blue Jackets to hang on to the second Eastern Division wild-card spot, one point behind New Jersey and four behind Philadelphia.

"We wanted to make it a little interesting," Jones quipped.

Colorado tied the game with from  Gabriel Landeskog  and  Carl Soderberg  in the third period before Columbus tallied on its first possession of the 3-on-3 OT.  Joonas Korpisalo  stopped two Colorado shots before the Blue Jackets charged back.

Korpisalo had 23 total saves to get his second win in three days subbing for sick starter  Sergei Bobrovsky .

Jones added two assists, and  Thomas Vanek  got his first two goals for Columbus after being acquired from Vancouver at the trade deadline Feb. 26.  Zach Werenski  also tallied for the Blue Jackets.

Columbus had to rally from a two-goal deficit in the first period when Barrie and Soderberg scored in a span of 12 seconds. The Blue Jackets scored four straight, including Vanek's pair of second-period goals, to take a 4-2 lead before Colorado evened it in the third frame.

"Being down 2-0 at that point in time the way we were playing, we didn't deserve it," Columbus coach John Tortorella said. "I thought we played a good game right on through. We clawed to win it, we had to go to overtime to win it, but I thought we played a good game right on through, right from the drop of the puck."

Semyon Varlamov  had 39 saves for Colorado, which lost its third straight. Soderberg had two goals , and  Mikko Rantanen  a pair of assists. The Avalanche has lost three in a row as they try to stay on the fringes of the Western Conference wild-card playoff picture.

"We found a way to carve a point, but we need to get some more pucks in traffic to the net," Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. "We'll take the point. I don't think we deserve the point tonight. We certainly have to be better than that."

Columbus, winners of five of their last seven, will try to keep up the momentum Friday night when the Detroit Redwings visit in the third game of a four-game homestand. They're surging at the right time, with 14 games remaining.

"We feel good about ourselves right now," Jones said. "It's the home stretch here."