Jack Roslovic also scored for Winnipeg, which tied the game on the power play with 8:47 to play in regulation, as the Jets extended their Central Division lead. They have now won six of their past eight games, and sit with 68 points, which is four points better than the second-place Nashville Predators. Mark Scheifele and Mason Appleton also found the back of the net, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots, sending the Blue Jackets to their fourth consecutive loss.
Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist in the Jackets' 19th regulation loss, yet they still hold the third and final divisional spot in the Metropolitan Division. They have just a one-point lead on the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. who ended the first half of the season on the struggle bus. Josh Anderson and Oliver Bjorkstrand both scored for Columbus, who was playing without Cam Atkinson after he was hit in the face with the puck during warmups. Head coach John Tortorella did not have an update after the game, so there is no word on how serious the injury is. Atkinson leads the Blue Jackets with 28 goals, and is second to Panarin with 50 points.
The Jackets will hope to snap their skid when they return to their home ice on Saturday against the St. Louis Blues, while the Jets will stay home that same night to battle the Anaheim Ducks.