Monday, October 25

Hurricanes erase initial deficit and beat Blue Jackets 7-3

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) Brock McGinn and Teuvo Teravainen scored 26 seconds apart in the second period as the Carolina Hurricanes erased an early deficit and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-3 on Monday night.

McGinn finished with two goals and two assists, and Teravainen added three assists. Jordan Staal was credited with two goals following a scoreline change, and Sebastian Aho and Nino Niederreiter also scored for the Hurricanes, who have won three games in a row.

Goalkeeper James Reimer gave up three goals in the first 16 minutes and made 37 saves as the Hurricanes opened a five-game homestand.

“The first 10 minutes were not pleasant for our team,” McGinn said. “But I think we just needed to dig deep and get into our systems and our game.”

Teravainen scored his second in as many games after missing a goal in his first eight outings this season. He said he was getting tired quickly after a coronavirus attack.

“It was a bit difficult,” Teravainen said. ” I haven’t felt normal. Hopefully it will get better now. ”

Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner and Kevin Stenlund all scored for the Blue Jackets, who were stopped by a three-game streak.

Columbus goalkeeper Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves in two periods before being replaced by Elvis Merzlikins.

“I think we were soft all over the place,” Atkinson said. ” Not in the way we’re known to play. It’s a bit embarrassing of us. ”

Defender Jake Bean’s assists on Carolina’s second and sixth goals were his first NHL points in the sixth game of his career.

“Tonight was the opportunity I needed to gain a little more confidence in the coaches,” said Bean, a first-round pick in the 2016 draft. “That was good. I also know I have a long way to go.”

Atkinson scored 26 seconds in the first period, rebounding over Reimer. It was 2-0 less than six minutes into the game with Jenner’s goal.

At 6:46, Aho fired a shot past Korpisalo to put Carolina on the board. Stenlund hit the puck in midair to regain momentum from the Blue Jackets.

That didn’t last long.

“There are certain players who are giving absolutely (everything),” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. ” There are certain players who are not. There are certain players who just don’t know how to do it. So there’s kind of a smorgasbord there. ”


Cedric Paquette made his Carolina debut, serving as a fourth-line center just two days after he was acquired from Ottawa in a deal that included the Hurricanes sending Ryan Dzingel to the Senators.

Paquette, who was a member of last year’s Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, logged about 11 1/2 minutes in his first game with his newest team. He was credited with a maximum of five hits on the team.

“He’s a player you want on our team and not someone to play against, as you can see,” McGinn said.


Before the game, the Hurricanes announced that they traded forward Alex Galchenyuk, who was involved in Saturday’s Ottawa deal, to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Egor Korschkov and defender David Warsofsky.

Korschkov, 24, has played in the Kontinental Hockey League, scoring 31 points (16 goals, 15 assists) in 53 games this season for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. He scored a goal in his only NHL game last February against Buffalo.

Warsofsky was assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.


Korpisalo has allowed 11 goals in five periods against the Hurricanes this season. Two of the three games in which he has yielded five or more goals have been against Carolina.

“We left (Korpisalo) to dry,” Atkinson said. “There is a lot he can do for us.”

This marked the second goalkeeper change in the game of the season for the Blue Jackets.


Blue Jackets: Columbus is at home Thursday night against Nashville to start a four-game homestay.

Hurricanes: Carolina hosts the Florida Panthers on Wednesday in a recovery game from last month’s coronavirus-related postponement.

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