Columbus 4, Carolina 3

Monday, December 23, 2013 7:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 16-17-3-1 9-8-1-1 7-9-2-0 W2
Carolina 14-15-5-3 7-8-1-3 7-7-4-0 L3


Blue Jackets 4, Hurricanes 3: Ryan Johansen scored the tying goal with 4:02 to play and Jack Skille notched the game-winner 88 seconds later as visiting Columbus stunned slumping Carolina.

Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Corey Tropp also scored as the Blue Jackets won their second straight following a three-game skid and beat the Hurricanes for the sixth consecutive time. Mike McKenna turned aside 30 shots to earn his first NHL victory in his third career start.

Jeff Skinner had a pair of power-play goals and Alexander Semin scored the go-ahead tally midway through the third period for Carolina, which tumbled to its sixth loss in seven games (1-3-3). Justin Peters made 21 saves and Jordan Staal collected a pair of assists for the Hurricanes.

Skinner scored both his goals off the faceoff, the second coming off a feed from Semin that found him all alone in the slot for a wrister that sizzled past the glove of McKenna with 3:35 left in the second period. That tally came 46 seconds after Tropp scored his first goal as a member of the Blue Jackets, chipping in a rebound in front.

Semin halted a 14-game goalless drought by finishing off a 2-on-1 with Staal at 9:06 of the third for a 3-2 lead, but Johansen notched his 10th goal in the last 18 games for the equalizer. Skille converted Anisimov's behind-the-back pass with 2:34 remaining for the decisive tally.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Skinner collected his fifth goal in six games and 10th in the last 10 contests. ... Hurricanes captain Eric Staal assisted on Skinner's first goal to give him 21 points in his last 19 games. ... Atkinson registered his 19th point on Anisimov's tally, eclipsing his previous career high of 18 from last season.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Carolina
Artem Anisimov 2 Points Jeff Skinner 2
Artem Anisimov 1 Goals Jeff Skinner 2
Mark Letestu 2 Assists Jordan Staal 2
N/A Power Play Goals Jeff Skinner 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Mike McKenna .909 Save Percentage Justin Peters .840
Mike McKenna 30 Saves Justin Peters 21

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 25 4 0-5 4-6 12 29
Carolina 33 3 2-6 5-5 10 30

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play its next game at home against Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .364 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against New Jersey. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .455 after a loss.
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