Three Things: Larsen Rolls 11 F / 7 D, 200 Appearances For Korpisalo, Ice Time

By Will Chase on January 12, 2023 at 10:30 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets' Liam Foudy picks up a rebound of a Carolina Hurricanes' Frederick Andersen save during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Rematch to Carolina.

Brett Pesce scored twice for his first-career multi-goal game as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets, 6-2, on Thursday at Nationwide Arena to break a four-game losing streak.

In total, four defensemen scored five goals for the Hurricanes.

Jaccob Slavin had two points with a goal and an assist. Brent Burns and Jalen Chatfield each scored for the Hurricanes. Seth Jarvis had a goal and an assist. Sebastian Aho and Jesperi Kotkaniemi each had two assists. Aho is on a three-game point streak (one goal, four assists).

Teuvo Teravainen, Jesper Fast, Stefan Noesen, and each had assists.

Sean Kuraly and Johnny Gaudreau scored for the Blue Jackets. Mathieu Olivier, Gavin Bayreuther, Patrik Laine, and Adam Boqvist picked up the assists. Laine has had three assists in the past two games. Boqvist is on a three-game point streak (three assists).

Frederik Andersen made 21 saves while Korpisalo made 35 saves. 

Andersen made his first start since Nov. 6 as he battled a lower-body injury. Nick Blankenburg (ankle) was activated off injured reserve prior to the game after missing the last 27 games. Eric Robinson (upper body) was placed on IR retroactively to Jan. 3. Elvis Merzlikins (day-to-day) is dealing with illness. Jet Greaves was added on emergency recall. Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour earned his 200th career win. Carolina takes the season series over Columbus, 2-0-1.

11 F / 7 D

Some news and notes from this one include the Blue Jackets opting to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen in Thursday's contest.


Korpisalo, the recent new dad, appeared in his 200th career game in his 180th career start. It's been a nice bounceback for the UFA-to-be this season, who could be dealt at the trade deadline.

Remember the time he made an NHL record 85 saves against the Lightning in the hard-luck, 3-2, five-overtime loss in the 2020 playoff bubble series?

In this loss to the Hurricanes, he was beaten by Brett Pesce's first-period shot at 2:34 which seemed innocent enough. The shot came off the face-off, eluding Korpisalo to his far right.

Then Burns scored at 10:39, seven seconds after Patrik Laine went to the penalty box. Columbus was on their first power play before Laine's penalty 23 seconds later.

Chatfield scored the third Hurricanes' short-handed goal in the last two games with the puck getting through Korpisalo at 15:52 of the second period. In the third period, Pesce's second goal made it 4-1 at 8:02 and it came as Korpisalo's mask came off.

Ice Time

The popular topic of late has been ice time. Gaudreau had the fourth-most 5v5 minutes (14:49) but scored the second goal of the game for Columbus at 15:27 of the third period for his team-leading 12th. Once the game was out of hand late, he didn't really need to be out there that much anyway. Laine and Boqvist grabbed assists on the play.

The Gaudreau - Jack Roslovic - Laine line led the team with 13:24 5v5 ice time.

Avoid The Sweep

The Blue Jackets head to Detroit on Saturday, Jan. 14 for their first and only trip to the Motor City where they'll face the Red Wings. Overall, it's the third and final time the clubs will meet this season. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET at Little Caesars Arena. The Blue Jackets are 0-2-0 against the Red Wings this season, losing 6-1 on Nov. 19, and 4-2 on Dec. 4, both times in Columbus. Tonight, the Red Wings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, in Detroit.

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