Three Things: Oliver Bjorkstrand Scores His Second Goal of the Young Season and the Blue Jackets Get a Signature Road Win

By Ben Jandrain on October 12, 2019 at 9:57 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo is pictured attempting to make a save during a regular-season matchup against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena during October of 2019.
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The Blue Jackets were victorious on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes, handing them their first loss of the season in a 3-2 final 

After falling to 1-3-0 on the season with a home loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, things didn't get any easier for the Jackets, who had to head to Carolina a night later.

The score was tied up for 39:16 of the first 40 minutes in an evenly-contested matchup. 

The Blue Jackets took the lead at the 1:15 mark of the third period and never relinquished it. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored on a breakaway with his second goal in as many nights after ringing a puck off the post during a power play previously in the contest. 

Here are tonight’s three things.

Answering The Bell Quickly

Through 40 minutes, having a lead didn't last for long.

In the first period, Markus Nutivaara scored at the 10:17 mark to put the Jackets up 1-0. Only 27 seconds later, Erik Haula tied up the score at one apiece.

Early in the second period, Dougie Hamilton gave the home team their first lead of the night. Oliver Bjorkstrand answered with a goal of his own 17 seconds later to tie the score at 2-2.   

Oliver Bjorksrtrand Is Finding His Scoring Touch

Oliver Bjorkstrand now has two goals through five games this season after scoring an aforementioned unassisted goal in the 2nd period at PNC Arena against the Hurricanes. 

It's a welcome sign to see Bjorkstrand finding the back of the net a couple of times at this point after he only scored two goals in his first 24 games last season.

A Signature Road Victory

The Carolina Hurricanes were undefeated, that is until they faced the Blue Jackets in their sixth game of the season. 

Columbus lost their only other matchup away from Nationwide Arena thus far, in a 7-2 affair against the Pittsburgh Penguins exactly a week ago. 

This time around, the Jackets scored first and only trailed for 17 seconds, a successful recipe en route to the first road victory of the season. Head coach John Tortorella pressed all the right buttons, with no lineup changes, including starting goaltender Joonas Korpisalo for the second night in a row. 

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