Blue Jackets stop Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. — Markus Nutivaara, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubios scored and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat Carolina 3-2 Saturday night, ending the best start to a season in Hurricanes’ franchise history.
Dubois overpowered Brock McGinn on a rush from the opposite blue line and lifted a backhander past James Reimer, snapping a 2-all tie 75 seconds into the third period and Columbus made the lead stand up.
Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 of 32 shots and Ryan Murray and Alexander Wennberg each had two assists for the Blue Jackets.
Erik Haula and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Hurricanes, who entered the game with a 5-0-0 record for the first time in franchise history. Carolina had outscored its opponents 11-5 in the last two games.
Columbus, meanwhile, had a total of just eight goals in its first four games while posting a 1-3 record.
But the Blue Jackets kept Carolina’s speed in check, played solid defense and limited their mistakes to record a much-needed win.