Fluky Goals, Sloppy Play, And A Questionable Call Doom Columbus As Hurricanes Defeat Blue Jackets

By Ed Francis on February 7, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Carolina Hurricanes winger Teuvo Teravainen carries the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier trails the play during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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All losses are frustrating, but some are more frustrating than others.

Sunday's game as Nationwide Arena was perhaps the most frustrating of the season.

Columbus lost a one goal lead three times before Carolina took their first lead, and the Hurricanes held on to defeat the Blue Jackets 6-5 in the first half of a back-to-back at Nationwide Arena. 

The afternoon started off in exciting fashion. Patrik Laine's second goal as a Blue Jacket was his first on the power play, and was an absolute snipe. It gave Columbus a 1-0 lead, but Carolina would tie the game just less than thirty seconds later, as Brock McGinn took advantage of the Blue Jackets continued struggle to take care of the puck in their own zone. 

Columbus would score again before the end of the first; Riley Nash's first of the season gave the Blue Jackets a 2-1 lead heading into the dressing room.

After Carolina tied the game at 2-2 in the second, Columbus captain Nick Foligno got loose on a breakaway and gave Columbus their third lead of the day, 3-2. The goal, which was the 200th in Foligno's career, came at the 14:24 mark and was the Blue Jackets first shot on goal of the period.

The Hurricanes again had an answer, tying the game at 3-3 just over two minutes later. Just over two minutes after that, Carolina took a 4-3 lead when Vincent Trochek scored his 6th of the season. Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella challenged the call for an offsides, but the goal stood and the Blue Jackets were assessed a delay of game penalty with 1:15 remaining in the period.

With Carolina not capitalizing before the end of the period, they were to remain on the power play for the first :45 seconds of the third period. However, during intermission, the refs saw a different angle, determined that the Hurricanes were offsides, and discontinued the Carolina power play.

The goal, for some reason, stood.

Columbus would tie the game for the 4th time at 4-4 early in the third when Max Domi scored. Scott Harrington, playing his first game of the season, picked up an assist for his first point on the season. 

The Hurricanes would take a 5-4 lead just three minutes later on the power play, and go up two goals near the middle part of the third when David Savard batted a puck into the Blue Jackets own net. Dougie Hamilton was given credit for the goal, his first of the season. 

Laine's second of the game came with just under one minute left in the game to cut the lead to one. Carolina would go to the penalty box with :38 left, and with Korpisalo pulled, the Blue Jackets had just over a half minute of 6-on-4 play.

Injury Update

Zach Werenski is expected to miss one to two weeks with an upper body injury. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets will get a chance at redemption as they face the Hurricanes again at Nationwide Arena. Monday's puck drop is 7:00 p.m.