The Hurricanes for the third time this season take on one of the Metropolitan’s best teams in the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canes were looking to build off a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville while the Jackets looked to get back in the win column after dropping a road game to Montreal. Scott Darling made consecutive starts while the Jackets opted to go with backup Joonas Korpisalo who had only four appearances on the year.
The Hurricanes fell behind early as Josh Anderson scored his 9th of the season just 1:10 into the game. The play started with Jackets winger Pierre-Luc Dubois driving the goal getting inside position on Derek Ryan, Darling committed to the shot as Dubois was able to slide a pass cross-crease to Anderson who had a gaping cage.
The Canes got a great shift out of the TSA line and the generated momentum lead to Noah Hanifin’s 4th goal of the season. The play started with Jeff Skinner and Derek Ryan who made up for his defensive error by setting up Hanifin who jumped in on the rush on a 2 on 1 rush. That tied things up at the 12:19 mark of the period
Both goaltenders were solid throughout the first 20 minutes. Scott Darling made a big save on Cam Atkinson shortly after the Hanifin goal preserving the 1-1 tie. For Columbus Joonas Korpisalo stood tall making a breakaway save of his own.
Defensively the Canes were stout winning 73% of faceoffs in the opening frame. Shots were 12-11 Carolina after one period of play
The Canes once again fell victim to an early goal as Zach Werenski snapped home his 7th of the season off a great pass from Alexander Wennberg. Wennberg was able to create space before sliding a perfect tape to tape pass to Werenski who beat Darling clean over top of the glove/shoulder making it 2-1 Jackets 3:47 into the period.
Columbus continued to up the pressure throwing more shots towards Darling. They’d end the period with 13 while the Canes could only muster 7 shots.
The Canes still posted strong at the faceoff dot winning 64% of draws through two periods. However, in terms of 5v5 scoring chances and shot generation, it was also Columbus. The Blue Jackets had 56% OF 5V5 shot attempts, 75% of 5v5 scoring chances, and 75% of high-danger attempts, according to @AlisonL. Needless to say if not for Scott Darling the Canes could be in a much worse position.
The Hurricanes shifted the momentum and got the tying goal from Brock McGinn halfway through the period. For McGinn it was his 6th goal of the season Brett Pesce and Josh Jooris recorded assists on the tally. It was a tightly contested period with shots 10-9 in favor of Carolina.
The Blue Jackets outshot the Hurricanes throughout regulation 33 to 29. Tied at 2-2 after 60 minutes the goaltenders held up their end of the bargain going into overtime
Columbus dominated the extra frame outshooting the Canes 5-2. The Blue Jackets size, speed, and skill created chance after chance but once again Darling was able to stand tall. Darling finishes the game with 36 saves on 38 shots while Korpisalo finishes with 29 saves on 31 shots throughout regulation and overtime. Darling has lost four games in OT/Shootouts including one against Columbus in the second game of the season.
Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout while Aho and Teravainen both missed. The Canes do pick up a point in the standing and now sit at 10-8-5, the Jackets improve to 16-8-1. The Canes fall to 2-2-2 against division opponents and 5-4-2 in conference play.
Hurricanes: December 1st @ New York Rangers 7:00 P.M.
Blue Jackets: December 1st vs Anaheim Ducks 7:00 P.M.