That was ugly.
The Hurricanes took it to the Blue Jackets all night at Nationwide Arena, and they were deserved winners. The final score was 3-0, Carolina, and it could have been worse if not for some excellent saves from Joonas Korpisalo.
Oliver Bjorkstrand hit the post early, but it was Brady Skjei that got the scoring started in the first period, converting a rebound from Korpisalo. It was Skjei's first goal with the Hurricanes.
In the second period, Carolina really opened things up. Jesper Fast deflected a point shot from Brett Pesce to give the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead, and they weren't done yet. Two minutes and 21 seconds later, Martin Necas finished a beautiful passing play between him, Sebastian Aho, and Dougie Hamilton to make it a 3-0 game.
With an assist tonight, Dougie Hamilton has extended his point streak to 12 games (2/27-3/22: 2g, 12a), setting the franchise record for longest point streak by a defenseman.— Hurricanes PR (@CanesPR) March 23, 2021
The Blue Jackets drew iron again in the third period, with Max Domi hitting the post, but were unable to beat Nedeljkovic all night. They weren't able to generate the huge push that they needed, and Nedeljkovic and the Hurricanes were able to comfortably see the game out.
The Blue Jackets will host the Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena on Thursday night. It'll be the fourth consecutive game between the two clubs. Puck drop is slated for 7:00 P.M.