Gerbe's two goals power 'Canes to victory

Kristyn Repke  - | Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 9:55 PM

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.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:20CBJ Nikita Nikitin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jack Skille (1), Sean Collins (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
18:04CAR Nathan Gerbe (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
19:22CAR Nathan Gerbe (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Jordan Staal (1) 2 - 1 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Nathan Gerbe
Nathan Gerbe
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:13
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .962
Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:01
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:43CAR Andrej Sekera  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brandon Dubinsky
2nd Period
02:24CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Tripping  - 2 min against  Drayson Bowman
06:41CBJ R.J. Umberger  Tripping  - 2 min against  Nathan Gerbe
06:41CAR Nathan Gerbe  Diving  - 2 min against  R.J. Umberger
13:15CAR Jiri Tlusty  Hooking  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
3rd Period
10:45CAR Eric Staal  Slashing  - 2 min against  Dalton Prout
13:01CBJ James Wisniewski  Interference  - 2 min against  Brett Sutter
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/3
Faceoff Wins2731
Blocked Shots913
Penalty Minutes86
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7R. MurphyD00-10018:00
8K. WestgarthR000006:04
11J. StaalC0111020:19
12E. StaalC0000218:05
14N. GerbeC2014218:13
18R. DvorakR0001014:28
19J. TlustyL0004217:33
20R. NashC0001016:02
21D. BowmanL0003013:45
23J. WelshC000006:02
27J. FaulkD0012024:47
39P. DwyerR0113016:19
42B. SutterL000008:24
44J. HarrisonD0002015:40
58C. TerryL0002016:29
65R. HainseyD0000022:06
73B. BellemoreD0010015:51
30C. Ward2526.96259:56
31A. Khudobin00.0000:00
5J. SkilleR011008:09
6N. NikitinD1004219:56
7J. JohnsonD00-13023:27
14B. ComeauL0002018:56
17B. DubinskyC0002020:01
18R. UmbergerC00-11218:01
19R. JohansenC0000019:00
21J. WisniewskiD0005221:29
27R. MurrayD0000017:31
36J. MarchessaultC00-1208:44
38B. JennerC0002015:55
39M. ChaputC0001012:41
42A. AnisimovC00-1009:22
43S. CollinsC011008:14
47D. ProutD0001015:55
51F. TyutinD00-13022:35
55M. LetestuC00-10019:28
71N. FolignoL00-10015:04
35J. Smith00.0000:00
72S. Bobrovsky2123.91359:32