Columbus
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Carolina
Hurricanes
36-35-11

25 SOG
33 SOG
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CBJ
CAR
game recap

Two late goals lift Blue Jackets past Hurricanes

Monday, 12.23.2013 / 10:40 PM

Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com

Three Stars of the Game
Artem Anisimov
1st
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
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 14:56

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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scoring summary
1st Period
09:45
CBJ
Artem Anisimov (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Cam Atkinson (9), Brandon Dubinsky (17)
1 - 0 CBJ
18:49
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Eric Staal (21)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:39
CBJ
Corey Tropp (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Mark Letestu (12), Boone Jenner (3)
2 - 1 CBJ
16:25
CAR
PPG - Jeff Skinner (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Semin (8), Jordan Staal (8)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:06
CAR
Alexander Semin (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Staal (9), Nathan Gerbe (9)
3 - 2 CAR
15:58
CBJ
Ryan Johansen (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Nick Foligno (11), Mark Letestu (13)
3 - 3 Tie
17:26
CBJ
Jack Skille (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Artem Anisimov (8), James Wisniewski (18)
4 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
10:25
CBJ
Nick Foligno  Tripping against  Alexander Semin
17:14
CBJ
James Wisniewski  Tripping against  Riley Nash
2nd Period
00:20
CAR
Justin Faulk  Tripping against  Brandon Dubinsky
02:04
CAR
Alexander Semin  Slashing against  Nikita Nikitin
08:08
CAR
Radek Dvorak  Tripping against  Jack Skille
13:07
CAR
Manny Malhotra  Hi-sticking against  Derek MacKenzie
15:56
CBJ
Jack Johnson  Holding against  Jiri Tlusty
16:22
CBJ
James Wisniewski  Delay of game
3rd Period
05:09
CAR
Brett Bellemore  Holding against  Boone Jenner
06:36
CBJ
Ryan Johansen  Tripping against  Nathan Gerbe
13:23
CBJ
Jack Skille  Interference against  Tuomo Ruutu
goalie stats
Mike McKenna
SA: 33TOI: 59:57
Saves: 30EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 12
SV%: .909SH: 0 - 0
Justin Peters
Justin Peters
7-9-3
SA: 25TOI: 59:15
Saves: 21EV: 16 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .840SH: 2 - 2
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