It might as well have been a tale of three periods. The Columbus Blue Jackets came into each period with a different attitude to it. For the Carolina Hurricanes at times, they just kind of had to hold on for their life.
That is exactly where they wanted them.
In the first period it started off strongly for the Blue Jackets but mistakes from Ryan Murray and Sonny Milano eventually doomed them in the first frame. It wouldn't take long though for those two players to make it up to the team.
After that first frame, the Blue Jackets put the pedal to the metal and would attack the Hurricanes. They outshot them severely in the second period. It would also see Sonny Milano and Ryan Murray make it up to their teammates by putting up goals after two mess-ups from the players in the prior period.
It was a bit of poetic justice even though hockey isn't normally a game that is forgiving to its players.
The final period was back and forth, mostly a high flying affair with no one really getting the better of the other. Nonetheless, it was interesting to see a Hurricanes team be on its heels when they are normally the ones that own the game and put it at a pace they want.
The third period did not see any scoring and because of it, the Blue Jackets had to go to overtime for the fourth straight time.
It looked like it may take a shoot out to decide the game but after some back and forth play, the Blue Jackets eventually got the best of the Hurricanes. Forward Pierre-Luc Dubois worked his way down the boards and found a streaking Cam Atkinson for a game-winning goal.
The Hurricanes may be a good team but it wasn't their night as this Blue Jackets team just keeps finding different ways to win.
Defenseman Markus Nutivaara is day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Forward Brandon Dubinsky is still out long term with an upper-body injury.
The Columbus Blue Jackets next play on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 26.
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