Korpisalo out for season for Blue Jackets with lower-body injury


Joonas Korpisalo is out for the season for the Columbus Blue Jackets with a lower-body injury.

The goalie was injured in the third period of a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday trying to stop Alex Barre-Boulet‘s game-tying goal at 2:41, and left the game. Elvis Merzlikins made seven saves in relief.

“With both Elvis and [Korpisalo], I think it’s been a struggle the past little while here,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said Tuesday. “That’s why it’s so disappointing for me, for [Korpisalo], because I thought he was playing one of his better games in quite a while before he was injured.”

Korpisalo was 9-13-7 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .894 save percentage in 33 games (31 starts) this season. Merzlikins is 6-12-3 with a 2.94 GAA and .910 save percentage.

“Listen, we give them no run support,” Tortorella said. “It puts a lot more pressure on them and that’s not withstanding. I know that adds a little bit more pressure on these guys, but I think they have played kind of like our team has played. We’ve been in and out and average at times.

“I don’t think they’ve been bad, but I don’t think they’ve been at the total level that I think they can play at. That why it’s so frustrating with [Korpisalo] because he was so good in that game before he was injured.”

Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks was added to the Columbus roster on emergency conditions and goalie Daniil Tarasov was recalled from Cleveland of the American Hockey League and placed on the taxi squad.

The Blue Jackets (15-25-10) host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; BSOH, BSDET+, NHL.TV). They’re last in the eight-team Discover Central Division and failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015-16 after they were eliminated from contention when they lost 3-1 at the Lightning on April 22.

NHL.com independent correspondent Craig Merz contributed to this report

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