We sucked. Everybody…A number of guys didn’t play well.
Those are the words of CBJ Head Coach John Tortorella after Friday’s game. After collecting points in eight of the previous nine games, the Jackets came out flat in Raleigh against the Hurricanes.
Micheal Ferlund got the scoring started on Friday evening, beating Sergei Bobrovsky on a one-timer with one second remaining on a power play at the 5:16 mark of the first period.
Dougie Hamilton added another goal on a wrister that Bob couldn’t handle just 1:22 later to make it 2-0 Hurricanes
After outplaying the Blue Jackets in the first period, the Canes kept piling it on in the second. Greg McKegg, who was active on Friday as an emergency recall playing his first game with the team, chipped a puck past Bobrovsky on a feed by Brett Pesce to give Carolina a 3-0 lead 6:52 into the second.
Following the McKegg goal, Joonas Korpisalo relieved Sergei Bobrovsky in net after Bob allowed three goals on 16 shots.
Late in the second period, the CBJ started to get back to their game.
With 4:20 left in the period, Oliver Bjorkstrand beat former Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney to cut the CBJ deficit to two. Just 25 seconds later, Artemi Panarin buried another one to make it 3-2, which held for the remainder of the period.
After the game, Anthony Duclair commented on how the team got back into the game, saying:
We never lost hope even though we were down 3-0. It was a big goal by Bjorky there and then Bread put us in a good spot going to the third period.
Duclair then added:
We really hurt ourselves in the first. If we started better, we would have been in a better position.
The Blue Jackets were unable to get anything past McElhinney in the third period, mustering only seven shots on goal as they attempted to tie the game up. With Korpisalo pulled late in the period, Sebastian Aho scored an empty netter with two seconds left to secure a 4-2 Carolina victory.
After the contest, an annoyed Tortorella had some strong words when discussing the effort level his team came out with on Friday, saying:
I thought we had some good minutes in the game, but right through our lineup we were part time. And that’s what happens: you chase the game, and you lose. We didn’t deserve to win that game. Part timers. Right on through our lineup.
Luckily for the Blue Jackets, the team won’t have much time to dwell on their showing on Friday as they’ll be right back at it again on Saturday as they head to Florida to take on the Panthers. Now hanging on to third place in the Metropolitan Division – on the verge of dropping to fourth – the Jackets need to put together a better effort on Saturday night just to keep up with the rest of the teams around them in the standings.