Three Things: Can't Weather The Storm Surge, Elvis Kept Them In It, Marchenko and Gaudreau Score

By Will Chase on November 26, 2023 at 8:09 pm
Carolina Hurricanes' Pyotr Kochetkov makes the save in front of Columbus Blue Jackets' Kirill Marchenko during the second period at PNC Arena.
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Just as it felt like the Columbus Blue Jackets were getting some third-period luck, the luck went out the window.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Brady Skjei, and Andrei Svechnikov scored three third-period goals to power the Carolina Hurricanes past the Blue Jackets 3-2 on Sunday from PNC Arena in Raleigh.

In addition to his first goal of the season standing up as the game-winner, Svechnikov added an assist for the two-point game and is on a four-game point streak (one goal, four assists).

Seth Jarvis had two assists. Teuvo Teravainen, Martin Necas, and Andrei Svechnikov also had assists.

Pyotr Kochetkov made 21 stops.

Kirill Marchenko and Johnny Gaudreau scored for Columbus. Gaudreau also had an assist to extend a three-game point streak (one goal, three assists).

Elvis Merzlikins made 40 saves.

Weathering The Storm Surge

The Blue Jackets entered Sunday on their first two-game winning streak since Oct. 21-22 and feeling better about their recent play, they were in for another tough test.

Carolina was dumped 8-2 by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and the Lightning scored those eight goals on only 14 shots on goal. Antti Raanta was between the pipes for that one. Kochetkov was in the crease on Sunday, making his first career start against the Blue Jackets.

Being able to test its mettle against another top performer inside the Metropolitan Division, could Columbus keep up the good vibes?

The first period featured a lot of pace and back-and-forth action. Merzlikins made 18 saves. Per Natural Stat Trick, here are the expected goal totals per period:

  • First Period: 0.95-0.31 Carolina
  • Second Period: 0.61-0.46 Carolina
  • Third Period: 1.30-0.26 Carolina
  • Final: 2.86-1.04 Carolina

Elvis Kept Them In It

Merzlikins continued his sterling play on Sunday.

Coming off a 37-save performance in Friday's 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils, Merzlikins' shutout streak continued into the third period until Kotkaniemi's goal at 10:01.

Marchenko and Gaudreau Score

Marchenko's unassisted third-period goal at 13 seconds of the third period broke a scoreless tie.

He has four career points (all goals) in three career games against the Hurricanes.

Monday Night Versus The Bruins

The Blue Jackets are right back at it against the Boston Bruins on Monday, Nov. 27, at Nationwide Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.

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