Post Game: Carolina 2, Blue Jackets 1

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 9:50 PM / News
By Kristyn Repke  - BlueJackets.com



FINAL: HURRICANES 2 | BLUE JACKETS 1

NATIONWIDE ARENA | COLUMBUS, OH
W: Cam Ward (CAR)
L: Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)





After sitting for the last three exhibition games, Nikita Nikitin made his return for the Blue Jackets in dramatic fashion. He was the player of the first period, notching a goal for the home team to put Columbus up 1-0. Nikitin rounded out the first 20 minutes of the game with 7:27 of ice time, three blocked shots and three shots on goal. 

That momentum carried over into most of the second period until Nathan Gerbe capitalized on a turnover in the Blue Jackets' defensive zone to tie the game 1-1 with two minutes to play. The Blue Jackets stepped up their physical game early on, but the Hurricanes battled them every step of the way from then on out to keep the game tied.

The Blue Jackets then seemed to be on the dominant side of things for the entire third period--they had multiple power plays and tallied numerous shots on goal. When play slowed down for the final five minutes of the game, the Hurricanes took advantage of the lull. Off a Blue Jackets defensive-zone giveaway, Gerbe poked the puck into the back of the net with 37.7 seconds to play, sealing the win for Carolina.


There were a few players who went missing throughout the game. Brett Bellemore took a hard slapshot to the face during the second and left the ice for repairs, but returned to finish out the game in the third period. The Blue Jackets' Artem Anisimov left the bench during the third period and never returned from the locker room.

With tonight's loss, the Blue Jackets rounded out the preseason with a 4-3-1 record. Opening night is right around the corner, but tonight proved that the Blue Jackets still have work to do and a roster to trim before they play Oct. 4 against the Calgary Flames.
 




1. Nathan Gerbe (CAR)
There's no denying this one--Gerbe's two goals are what sealed the win for the Hurricanes. Gerbe finished up the night with four shots on goal and 18:05 of ice time.

2. Cam Ward (CAR)
Ward stopped every shot except one, a dirty goal by Nikitin. He made 25 saves and made all the right moves to keep the game close the entire night.

3. Brandon Dubinsky (CBJ)
Dubinsky played big minutes on all fronts--at even strength and for both sides of special teams. He was 67 percent in the face-off circle, a statistic that was key for the Blue Jackets to maintain puck possession for the majority of the game.





VS. CALGARY FLAMES
NATIONWIDE ARENA
FRIDAY, OCT. 4, 7 P.M.
                    

 

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 2 2 1 0 3
M. Calvert 2 2 0 3 2
R. Johansen 2 1 1 -1 2
B. Dubinsky 2 0 2 0 2
D. Savard 2 0 2 1 2
B. Jenner 2 0 2 -1 2
D. MacKenzie 2 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 2 1 0 1 1
A. Anisimov 2 0 1 -1 1
C. Atkinson 2 0 1 1 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 1 1 0 .905 3.00
 
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