The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Division rival Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday. Anton Khudobin was able to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the boys from Ohio.
The Carolina Hurricanes got off to a fast start, and Nathan Gerbe scored to make it 1-0. After the Carolina Hurricanes won a board battle in their own end, Nathan Gerbe sniped it far side on Sergei Bobrovsky on a 2-on-1. Patrick Dwyer got the assist.
Andrei Loktionov made it 2-0 on the power play with his first with the Carolina Hurricanes. Jay Harrison took a shot from the point, and Andrei Loktionov put the rebound home. Harrison and Riley Nash got the assists.
The Carolina Hurricanes made it 3-0 at 17:20 of the second period. Patrick Dwyer got a pass from Andrei Loktionov, then sent a blistering slap shot in the net over the shoulder of Bobrovsky. Loktionov and Jay Harrison got the assists.
The Columbus Blue Jackets broke the shutout with 50 seconds left in period three. Boone Jenner deflected a Ryan Johansen shot from the point past Anton Khudobin. Nathan Horton also got an assist on the goal.
My Three Stars
1st Star : Anton Khudobin – 46 saves on 47 shots
2nd Star: Andrei Loktionov – 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, +1
3rd Star: Brett Bellemore – 3 hits, 2 blocked shots, 24:29 TOI
The Carolina Hurricanes were able to beat a playoff team on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Carolina Hurricanes were able to capitalize on their chances, which has been a struggle for much of the year.
The Carolina Hurricanes did not play a great game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. They had zero, yes ZERO, shots in the third period. They were dominated by the Blue Jackets for most of the night, but there was a one glaring reason why they won. Anton Khudobin.
This was Anton Khudobin’s best game as a Hurricane. He was truly incredible. He made big saves at key moments all night, and he was the reason the Carolina Hurricanes came out with a win in Columbus. He made 46 saves on 47 shots.
Chris Terry‘s first game back with the Carolina Hurricanes was a bit rough. He made some turnovers, and he struggled defensively for a lot of the night.
The first line of Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, and Alexander Semin did not create too much offense, but they were able to do play a pretty good defensive game. They did really well on the back-check for a lot of the night.
Brett Bellemore was incredible. He did an awesome job clearing the crease and getting rid of rebounds that Anton Khudobin gave up. He was also a beast physically. He laid multiple big hits on the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Carolina Hurricanes got depth goal scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Andrei Loktionov played a great game, and he picked up a goal and an assist in the process. Patrick Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe scored the other two goals. Those three players are all bottom six players on the Carolina Hurricanes.
I’m not going to say this game was a great one for the Carolina Hurricanes. They got the 3-1 lead, but the Columbus Blue Jackets played better than the Carolina Hurricanes for a lot of the game.
The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in Illinois.