Johnny Gaudreau Scores but Blue Jackets Fall to Hurricanes 6-2

By Coby Maeir on January 12, 2023 at 9:59 pm
Liam Foudy
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The losing continues.

Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Kuraly both scored but two goals from Brett Pesce helped push the Hurricanes past the Blue Jackets 6-2 at Nationwide Arena Thursday night.

1st Period

The Hurricanes had the game's first shot on goal when Joonas Korpisalo denied a backhand attempt from Martin Necas at 1:13.

Carolina opened the scoring at 2:34 when Pesce fired a shot from the top of the right circle that went off the far post and in.

Gaudreau made an effort to tie the game at 6:46 with a great move around a Carolina defender but his backhand shot from the right circle was stopped by Frederik Andersen.

Brent Burns doubled Carolina's lead at 10:39 at four-on-four with a wrap-around after he baited Korpisalo out of his crease.

Cole Sillinger had a chance to cut the lead in half at 12:28 on a two-on-one rush but his wrist shot from the left circle was stopped by Andersen.

Kuraly got the Jackets on the board at 15:00 after Mathieu Olivier tried a wrap-around of his own but the puck found its way to Kuraly in the slot where he fired it past Andersen.

Gaudreau had another chance to score at 3:07 after a nice feed from Boqvist found him at the left doorstep where his shot was gloved by Andersen.

Carolina took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission with both sides registering 12 shots on goal.

2nd Period

Liam Foudy's shot at 4:27 started a mad scramble in front of the Hurricanes' net but the Jackets couldn't score to tie the game.

Jalen Chatfield gave Carolina a 3-1 lead with a short-handed breakaway goal at 15:52, beating Korpisalo with a backhand shot.

The Canes took a 3-1 lead into the third period along with a 24-17 edge in shots on goal. 

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3rd period

Pesce scored his second goal of the game at 8:02 on a shot from the slot to give Carolina a 4-1 lead. Korpisalo's mask was knocked off in the process but the goal stood following a discussion by the referees. 

Carolina added to its lead at 14:55 on a blast from the high slot by Jaccob Slavin. 

Gaudreau got cut the Carolina lead to 5-2 at 15:27 when he scored on a wide-open net thanks to a nice feed from Patrik Laine.

Seth Jarvis scored at 16:45 to put the Canes up 6-2 with a backhand shot from the left doorstep into an open net.

The 6-2 score held as the Blue Jackets fell to 12-27-2.


  • Shots on Goal: CAR 41-23 CBJ
  • Faceoff %: CAR 56.2-43.8 CBJ
  • Power play: CAR 0/4-0/3 CBJ
  • Takeaways: CAR 3-5 CBJ
  • Giveaways: CAR 3-8 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: CAR 8-20 CBJ
  • Hits: CAR 12-20 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): CAR 2.67-1.28 CBJ
    • Chances (CF): CAR 54-32 CBJ
    • Shots (SF): CAR 28-17 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CAR 27-17 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CAR 13-7 CBJ

Injury Update

Nick Blankenburg returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 10.

Blankenburg left the game in the third period after blocking a shot. 

After the game, Brad Larsen said Blankenburg "seems fine."

Vladislav Gavrikov made his return to the lineup after a one-game absence.

Eric Robinson was placed on IR retroactive to Jan. 3 with an upper-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day. 

Next Up

The Blue Jackets are back at it Saturday night in Detroit to take on the Red Wings at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club returns home to take on the New York Rangers on Monday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.