Fueled By Three-Goal Second Period, Hurricanes Storm Past Blue Jackets 4-2

By Will Chase on February 29, 2024 at 9:48 pm
Carolina Hurricanes' Brady Skjei slides the puck through the pads of Columbus Blue Jackets' Daniil Tarasov for a gaol during the second period at Nationwide Arena.
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Another entertaining hockey game.

Brady Skjei had two points with a goal and an assist to lift the Carolina Hurricanes over the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Thursday night at Nationwide Arena.

Teuvo Teravainen, Sebastian Aho, and Seth Jarvis also scored.

Teravainen is on a three-game point streak (one goal, two assists).

Brett Pesce had two assists. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Brent Burns, and Jordan Martinook each had an assist. Coming into the day, Burns led all active players with five career points on leap day.

Spencer Martin made 20 saves. He's 4-0-1 in five starts for the Hurricanes since being acquired off waivers from Columbus on Jan. 19.

Alex Nylander had two points with a goal and an assist for Columbus, and Cole Sillinger scored. It's the first two points for Nylander as a Blue Jacket.

Zach Werenski, Jack Roslovic, and Boone Jenner scooped up the assists.

Daniil Tarasov stopped 28 shots.

1st Period

The Blue Jackets lost to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night and returned to Columbus in the early morning hours on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes were ready and waiting as they came in off a 3-2 win at the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday.

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Both Columbus and Carolina played the first period with a quick pace, but neither scored. Carolina was 0-for-1 on the only power play of the frame.

Tarasov made a point-blank stop on Necas, and Damon Severson tripped Jack Drury moments later at 15:01 on a possible goal-saving play as Drury skated toward Tarasov's left side.

Carolina held the 7-4 shots advantage.

2nd Period

Teravainen opened the scoring at 53 seconds. At 2:02, Necas thought he made it 2-0, but the Blue Jackets challenged the call and won the decision to keep it a one-goal game.

The Blue Jackets now lead the league with a perfect eight-for-eight overturned calls.

Aho did score to extend the 2-0 lead at 8:19. Skjei and Teravainen picked up the assists.

Only 97 seconds later, at 9:56, Sillinger scored his second goal in as many days. Werenski and Nylander picked up the assists.

Skjei picked up his second point of the game with a one-handed goal past Tarasov at 16:30. Kotkaniemi and Burns had the assists.

Columbus was 0-for-1 on their lone power play. The shots were 19-14 in favor of the Hurricanes through 40 minutes.

3rd Period

Tarasov kept his team in it from the jump in the third period, making a flurry of saves reminiscent of Dominik Hasek.

On the power play, Nylander scored his first goal as a Blue Jacket at 8:41. Roslovic and Jenner picked up the assists.


  • Shots on Goal: CAR 32-22 CBJ
  • Face-off %: CAR 60.7-39.3 CBJ
  • Power play: CAR 0/1-1/2 CBJ
  • Giveaways: CAR 2-2 CBJ
  • Takeaways: CAR 2-2 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: CAR 11-22 CBJ
  • Hits: CAR 3-9 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
    • Expected Goals (xG): CAR 2.33-2.20 CBJ
    • Shot Attempts (CF): CAR 62-38 CBJ
    • Shots on Goal (SF): CAR 28-17 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): CAR 29-22 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CAR 16-8 CBJ

Injury Update

Next Up

The Jackets will head to Chicago to take on Connor Bedard and the Blackhawks at the United Center on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club returns home to face the Vegas Golden Knights at Nationwide Arena on Monday, Mar. 4, at 7:00 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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