After losing four of six games, the Columbus Blue Jackets were happy to be in their home building and have their starting goaltender back. The Carolina Hurricanes scored first, but the Jackets quickly took control from there…
It looked like tonight might be one to forget for the Blue Jackets after an impressive shift in the offensive zone ended with a cross-ice pass from Teuvo Teravainen to a wide-open Sebastian Aho, who buried the biscuit to put the Hurricanes up 1-0 at the 18:06 mark of the first period.
NOT SO FAST…
Just 11 seconds later it was Boone Jenner who was a one-man show. He regained control of the puck off the boards, veering from right to left and beat Cam Ward to tie the game 1-1.
Then Brandon Dubinsky took over.
Only 35 seconds after the Jenner goal, it was Dubinsky’s time to show off his talents as he walked into the zone and beat Ward through the five hole with a wicked wrist shot from just outside the right faceoff circle.
At the 3:53 mark of the second period Dubinsky strolled into the zone once again, spun himself around and somehow shot the puck over the left shoulder of Ward to put the Jackets up 3-1 in an unreal individual effort.
Dubinsky described his second goal of the evening and fifth of the season saying:
I got a little lucky with that one, but I’ll take it.
Jody Shelley described what he’d seen so far from Dubinsky on the evening around the 7:30 mark of the second period during the Fox Sports Ohio telecast saying:
Yeah, he’s feeling it. No doubt.
With 10:44 remaining in the second period Lukas Sedlak scored on another fantastic individual effort.
Sedlak rebounded a Sam Gagner shot, taking a backhanded swipe at the puck when it was in the air (while sprawled on the ground) to put the CBJ up 4-1.
- Sergei Bobrovsky had a good night with 25 saves and only one goal allowed.
- The Blue Jackets were hit and miss on special teams tonight. They didn’t allow any power-play goals to the Hurricanes, but didn’t look too hot on their own power-play opportunities. However, Carolina did come into tonight’s matchup with the top penalty-kill unit in the National Hockey League and it showed.
- Dubinsky hadn’t scored at Nationwide Arena in over two months. His only other goal at home this season coming into tonight was on November 12th against the St. Louis Blues. He scored two goals against the Hurricanes in the 4-1 victory.
- Boone Jenner has now scored a goal in three-straight games. Before his current goal-scoring stretch, Jenner was goalless in nine consecutive games.
- The three goals scored late in the first period all came in a span of only 46 seconds.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will be back at it on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators in the second of three-straight games at Nationwide Arena.