The score was close for a while, but the Blue Jackets can thank J-F Berube for that.
He was the only Blue Jacket who looked comfortable on the ice Friday night in Carolina. After the Blue Jackets earned a big win in Florida against the Panthers on Thursday night, they never got things going against the Hurricanes, falling 4-0. Berube made 46 saves, but he didn't get much help from his team.
Patrik Laine's point streak was snapped at 11 games, and the Blue Jackets win streak was snapped at four. After 20 minutes, it was scoreless, but the Blue Jackets did not start well. Shots on goal were 15-3, Carolina.
The floodgates finally burst open in the second period. Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal finished after a scuffle in front to give Carolina a 1-0 advantage. Teuvo Teravainen doubled their lead with a power-play goal. His 14th goal of the year was a missile that Berube never saw. Shots on goal after the second period were 37-9, Carolina. Expected goals were 3.94 to 1.12 in favor of the Hurricanes, according to Money Puck.
In the third period, Nino Niederreiter scored a third, banking the puck off of Berube's back and into the net. 36 seconds later, Vincent Trocheck sniped one past Berube to give the Hurricanes an insurance goal that they wouldn't need.
The Blue Jackets went 0-for-4 on the power play, which is bad in its own right. To add insult to injury, they didn't register a single shot on goal during any of their power play opportunities.
Defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov took a saucer pass off of his head in the first period. He received stitches and returned to the game.
The Blue Jackets will return home to host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday evening. Puck drop is slated for 6:00 p.m. EST.