Eric, Jordan Staal lift Hurricanes over Columbus
- Associated Press
- January 27, 2014 - 9:10 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:55 remaining to help the Carolina Hurricanes rally for a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night.
Eric Staal scored twice in the third period as the Hurricanes erased a two-goal deficit for their fourth consecutive victory. Anton Khudobin made 22 saves.
R.J. Umberger and Derek MacKenzie scored for the Blue Jackets. Columbus lost its second straight after stringing together eight wins in a row.
After shutting out Carolina in the teams' last meeting, reigning Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets had won seven in a row against the Hurricanes.
On the game-winner, Jordan Staal rushed into the zone against defenseman Ryan Murray. After cutting to the middle of the ice, he nudged a backhander past Bobrovsky while fighting off Murray.
Trailing 2-0, Eric Staal got the Hurricanes' comeback started when he beat Bobrovsky between the legs after a pass from Alexander Semin. Staal then tied the score with 7:42 remaining after Jiri Tlutsy fed him in the slot. Staal's shot fluttered, but the puck snuck inside the post.
Columbus jumped on Carolina in the first period, scoring goals 17 seconds apart to take an early two-goal lead.
MacKenzie got the Blue Jackets' first goal. Fedor Tyutin took a wrist shot from the slot that hit the post. The rebounded bounced to MacKenzie, who put the puck in the goal before Khudobin could get back in position.
After the ensuing faceoff at center ice, the Blue Jackets forced a turnover along the boards in the Canes' zone. The puck eventually made its way to Umberger, who was alone in front of the net, and he scored his third goal in four games.
After scoring goals on two of their first three shots, the Blue Jackets continued to control much of the action, taking the game's first seven shots before Carolina asserted itself.
The Hurricanes tied a season high with 17 shots in the second period.
NOTES: Columbus came into the game with the best winning percentage in Eastern Conference for the month of January (.818). . Semin extended his point streak to six games for the Hurricanes. . Carolina recalled Aaron Palushaj from Charlotte earlier on Monday. He will be eligible to play in the Hurricanes' game at Montreal on Tuesday.
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