CBJ
43-32-7
CAR
36-35-11

25 SOG
33 SOG

Two late goals lift Blue Jackets past Hurricanes

Rob Mixer  - BlueJackets.com | Monday, 12.23.2013 / 10:40 PM

THE RUNDOWN

The Blue Jackets, obviously huge fans of the dramatic, are headed into the Christmas break on their highest high of the season - and they have surprise starting goaltender Mike McKenna to thank.

Down 3-2 late in the third period at PNC Arena, the Blue Jackets saw a great start to the final stanza dissipate into disappointment after Alex Semin gave Carolina its first lead of the game midway through. The Hurricanes, who got their only offense (to that point) from the power play and in particular Jeff Skinner, got the lead goal on a bad bounce off the linesman's skate boot which created a 2-on-1 for Jordan Staal and Semin.

But unlike previous chapters of this season's story, the Blue Jackets penned an absolute thriller in the final minutes of regulation.

Nick Foligno, who almost didn't play in this game due to a stiff neck, took off on a mini-rush and fed Ryan Johansen down the right wing. Johansen made it happen once again, dropping to one knee and roofing his 15th goal of the season over Justin Peters to pull the Blue Jackets even with 4:02 to play in regulation.

But they weren't done there. Not in the least.

A few shifts later, Brandon Dubinsky zipped a cross-ice feed to James Wisniewski in the neutral zone and Wisniewski hit Artem Anisimov at the offensive blue line with a pass that caught the Hurricanes off-guard. Rather than shoot through traffic, Anisimov slid a behind-the-back pass to Jack Skille and Skille ripped his fourth goal in seven games short-side over Peters, giving Columbus a 4-3 lead with 2:34 to play.

Happy holidays, indeed.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

Foligno said the Johansen goal really got the Blue Jackets fired up and re-engaged after giving up the 3-2 goal to Carolina earlier in the third period. Sometimes, a broken play can change a game and it certainly did tonight; Letestu made a quick backhand sweep of the puck out of the defensive zone and found Foligno breaking ahead, and as you've seen by now, Johansen brought the Blue Jackets back to all square.

THREE STARS

1. ARTEM ANISIMOV (CBJ)

Anisimov opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season, a goal that felt like years before that crazy finish. He made a great pass to Skille on the game-winner as well, and has picked it up offensively of late. Anisimov is up to 18 points in 37 games.

2. JEFF SKINNER (CAR)

Ten goals in the month of December is darn good and Skinner was electric for Carolina in this game. He scored twice and had multiple chances for the hat trick, and gave the Jackets fits all night.

3. RYAN JOHANSEN (CBJ)

His line with Foligno and Umberger had been held in check most of the night, but they cashed in on their best (and final) opportunity of the game. Johansen's team-leading 15th goal and 30th point was part of a furious and thrilling late rally.

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PRUDENTIAL CENTER

1st2nd3rdT
CBJ
CAR
Scoring Summary
1st Period
09:45CBJ Artem Anisimov (10) ASST: Cam Atkinson (9), Brandon Dubinsky (17) 1 - 0 CBJ
18:49CAR PPG - Jeff Skinner (13) ASST: Eric Staal (21) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:39CBJ Corey Tropp (1) ASST: Mark Letestu (12), Boone Jenner (3) 2 - 1 CBJ
16:25CAR PPG - Jeff Skinner (14) ASST: Alexander Semin (8), Jordan Staal (8) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:06CAR Alexander Semin (4) ASST: Jordan Staal (9), Nathan Gerbe (9) 3 - 2 CAR
15:58CBJ Ryan Johansen (15) ASST: Nick Foligno (11), Mark Letestu (13) 3 - 3 Tie
17:26CBJ Jack Skille (4) ASST: Artem Anisimov (8), James Wisniewski (18) 4 - 3 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Artem Anisimov
1st
Artem Anisimov
C
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 19:03
Jeff Skinner
2nd
Jeff Skinner
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -2TOI: 16:20
Ryan Johansen
3rd
Ryan Johansen
C
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 14:56
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:25CBJ Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
17:14CBJ James Wisniewski  Tripping against  Riley Nash
2nd Period
00:20CAR Justin Faulk  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
02:04CAR Alexander Semin  Slashing against  Nikita Nikitin
08:08CAR Radek Dvorak  Tripping against  Jack Skille
13:07CAR Manny Malhotra  Hi-sticking against  Derek MacKenzie
15:56CBJ Jack Johnson  Holding against  Jiri Tlusty
16:22CBJ James Wisniewski  Delay of game
3rd Period
05:09CAR Brett Bellemore  Holding against  Boone Jenner
06:36CBJ Ryan Johansen  Tripping against  Nathan Gerbe
13:23CBJ Jack Skille  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
shots by period
PeriodCBJCAR
1st512
2nd125
3rd816
Total2533
Team Stats
CategoryCBJCAR
Power Plays0/52/6
Hits3331
Faceoff Wins2930
Giveaways69
Takeaways1413
Blocked Shots2115
Penalty Minutes1210
  • COLUMBUS
  • CAROLINA
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
5J. SkilleR101529:07
6N. NikitinD0020014:31
7J. JohnsonD0011223:15
13C. AtkinsonR0111015:24
14B. ComeauL000109:56
17B. DubinskyC0121018:47
18R. UmbergerC0002016:50
19R. JohansenC1003214:56
21J. WisniewskiD0103423:15
24D. MacKenzieC0001011:50
26C. TroppR1012011:03
27R. MurrayD0000022:39
38B. JennerC0110012:19
42A. AnisimovC1122019:03
51F. TyutinD0011022:16
55M. LetestuC0212016:08
58D. SavardD0020014:12
71N. FolignoL0100214:28
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30M. McKenna3033.90959:57
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4A. SekeraD00-24025:39
6T. GleasonD00-11014:26
7R. MurphyD0002016:13
11J. StaalC02-10017:16
12E. StaalC01-12020:45
14N. GerbeL0101015:18
15T. RuutuL00-12016:39
18R. DvorakR000028:57
19J. TlustyL00-12013:08
20R. NashC00-22012:05
21D. BowmanL000209:06
22M. MalhotraC0000212:34
27J. FaulkD00-25222:58
28A. SeminR1103217:57
39P. DwyerR00-11014:01
53J. SkinnerL20-24016:20
65R. HainseyD0000020:38
73B. BellemoreD00-12216:45
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
35J. Peters2125.84059:15