Hurricanes Fall to Blue Jackets

The Carolina Hurricanes entered the sixth game of their season at 5-0-0 looking to keep the streak going. Five wins already set the Hurricanes franchise record to start a season. The Blue Jackets ended their hopes of starting 6-0-0.

The first period was a back and forth matchup with both teams tallying  a goal a piece. Markus Nutivaara netted the first goal of the game with 9:43 left to go in the first period, with Ryan Murray and Alexander Wennberg getting the assists. The Hurricanes tied the game up just 27 seconds later when Erik Haula scored his fifth goal of the young season on a pass from Ryan Dzingel that gave Martin Necas the second assist. Haydn Fleury went down in the boards hard when he was hooked by Alexandre Texier. The collision sent him to the locker room. He did return to the game.

The second period was a bit different in terms of opening the scoring. Dougie Hamilton gave the Hurricanes the lead on a slap shot from the point with 17:09 left on the clock in the second period. The Blue Jackets were resilient, and tied the game immediately after putting the puck in the back of the net just 17 seconds later on a shot by Oliver Bjorkstrand. The remainder of the period would go scoreless though many shots were put on net so the teams went to the locker room tied at 2-2.

The Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t waste any time regaining their lead. Pierre-Luc Dubois sprung the Blue Jackets ahead on a shot that snuck past Hurricanes goaltender, James Reimer, on a breakaway just 1:15 into the period. The Hurricanes added shots on net and even pulled James Reimer with two minutes left to go in the game, but the Blue Jackets stood strong and handed the Hurricanes their first loss of the season.

1st star: Pierre-Luc Dubois (CBJ)

2nd star: Ryan Murray (CBJ)

3rd star: Dougie Hamilton (CAR)

Notes: Following the game, the Carolina Hurricanes sent Julien Gauthier back down the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. Trevor van Riemsdyk was activated off of the Hurricanes injured reserve earlier in the day.

About The Author

Spencer Lee grew up in small town in eastern North Carolina. As a huge Tarheel and Panther fan, football and basketball were the sports he followed most, but baseball was his true passion as a player. As a Braves fan, he didn’t see much success throughout his child and adolescent years so when the Carolina Hurricanes made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006, he was instantly hooked on hockey. Now, 13 years later, Spencer gets to cover the Carolina Hurricanes on a nightly basis, providing photos and write-ups about Raleigh’s only major professional team.

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