Columbus had 31 shots on goal compared to New Jersey's 41, but it also had Merlikins in net. He was tied for the team lead in goals and game-winning tallies (three) at the time of the injury.
It has been a hard first part of the season for the Ducks (19-24-5), but they head into their bye week and the All-Star break with road wins over Nashville and Carolina after losing six of their previous seven games. NY also saw a five-game home winning streak halted and lost for the first time in regulation when carrying a lead into the third (16-1-2).
Rangers defenceman Brady Skjei opened the scoring at 18:23 of the first period, eight seconds after his high-sticking penalty - the only infraction called during the game - had expired.
In his National Hockey League debut on Sunday, Latvian goalkeeper Matiss Kivlenieks allowed just one goal to help his Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New York Rangers 2:1 (0:1, 0:0, 2:0), extending their winning streak to five games. Trouba had the only assist.
Columbus is now in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 25 wins, 16 regulation losses and eight losses in extra time for 58 points.
Bjorkstrand scored twice, including with 26.5 seconds left, to lift the Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 Sunday night for their fifth straight win. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen also scored in the shootout for the Hurricanes.
Hamilton required help getting off the ice from a trainer and teammate Trevor van Riemsdyk and did not appear to put any weight on his left leg as he left the game.
Necas' goal came at 8:38 of the second period. He scored in the eighth round of the shootout.
Reimer made 26 saves.
Hamilton has 14 goals, 40 points and ranks second among all skaters with a plus-30 rating this season.
Even though Columbus goalie Elvis Merzlikins' shutout streak ended at two games, he racked up 32 saves.