The Carolina Hurricanes ran into the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night. Sergei Bobrovsky had a stellar game for the Columbus Blue Jackets, and he led his team to a 3-0 shutout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. This game put an end to the Hurricanes season-high five-game win streak.
The Columbus Blue Jackets started the scoring at 15:00 of period one. Brett Sutter was pressured in the corner of his own zone, which led to a turnover by Sutter. The puck went right to Boone Jenner in the slot and he fired it past Anton Khuodbin. It was an unassisted goal to make it 1-0.
1:10 later, the Columbus Blue Jackets made it 2-0. Brandon Dubinsky came up the left wing on the rush and fired it past Anton Khuodbin. The goal came at 16:10 of the first period and put the Blue Jackets up 2-0. Cam Atkinson and Fedor Tyutin got the assists.
A power play goal at 5:54 of the third period gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-0 lead. Cam Atkinson was all alone in the slot following a good pass from Mark Letestu, and Atkinson fired it past Khudobin on the glove side. Mark Letestu and and Ryan Murray got the assists.
The Carolina Hurricanes had a good start against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but two goals in 1:10 set the tone for the rest of the game. The Carolina Hurricanes started to look tired in the later stages of the game, and they could not get on the board. The third period looked pretty poor from the Carolina Hurricanes.
Sergei Bobrovsky played a tremendous game in goal for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Carolina Hurricanes just could not find an answer for the Russian goaltender, and he was the big difference maker for the Blue Jackets.
I think Eric Staal was really missed by the Carolina Hurricanes against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Canes first line for much of the game was Jeff Skinner, Elias Lindholm and Alex Semin. All three of those players are skill players that do not go to the front of the net. The Carolina Hurricanes could have really benefited from Eric Staal’s big body in front of the net to create traffic.
The line of Artem Anisimov, Nathan Horton and Boone Jenner had a very good game for the Columbus Blue Jackets. They are a big line that provides offense. They did so against the Carolina Hurricanes.
John-Michael Liles had a very good game for the Carolina Hurricanes. He made a couple of huge defensive plays to keep the game from getting out of hand. He also moved the puck well in the offensive zone against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He also led all Carolina Hurricanes skaters in ice time with 23:24 against the Blue Jackets.
The Carolina Hurricanes ran into a hot goaltender against the Blue Jackets. They had opportunities all night, but they just could not find an answer for Sergei Bobrovsky. Anton Khudobin struggled a little bit, but he still had a solid night. You can’t blame the Carolina Hurricanes’ goalie when the team couldn’t supply any goals.
The Carolina Hurricanes season-high five-game win streak came to an end against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but this is not a loss to dwell on in a negative way. The Carolina Hurricanes have won five of their last six, and they will be back in action on Monday night as they take on the Calgary Flames on home ice.