COLUMBUS – The Carolina Hurricanes scored seven straight goals, including five in the third period, to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.
Brady Skjei and Steven lorentz scored two goals for the Hurricanes (23-7-1), who have won four in a row and eight of nine.
Ethan Bear scored at 10:50 of the third brings the score to 5-4, and Lorentz made it 6-4 at 11:59 on four goals in 3:57.
The Hurricanes have scored seven straight goals to come back to win after four goals for the second time in their history and the first time since moving to Carolina for the 1997-98 season. The Hartford Whalers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-4 on January 19, 1989.
“That’s what’s special about this team,” Skjei said. “There is no doubt that we did not expect to win.”
Gustav nyquist, in his 600th game in the NHL and his 100th for Columbus, scored shorthanded and received an assist.
Video: CAR @ CBJ: Nyquist tears up Texier’s superb pass for SHG
Daniel tarasov made 31 saves in two periods for the Blue Jackets (15-14-1) before retiring with a lower body injury. Elvis merzlikins made 11 saves in the third period.
âThey would come and then Daniil collapses,â said Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen. âIt put Elvis in a tough spot.
“When it was 4-0 I never felt comfortable with the way this game was played. They kept coming and we got no response.”
Antti Raanta made six saves on nine shots in the first half before being relieved by Frederik andersen, who made eight saves in his first game since crossing the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol on Thursday. He last performed on December 16.
âThis game was so open,â said Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour. “We were down two, three, four, but it felt like at the end of the game we might have a chance.”
Zach Werenski gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:54 of the first period and Adam boqvist made 2-0 at 12:30 p.m. Nyquist extended the lead 18:04 behind the first.
âIt was a weird game,â Skjei said. âThe first half, we were down 3-0 and I thought we dominated them, honestly. We were all over them, but in Zone D we gave them chances that they capitalized on.â
Video: CAR @ CBJ: Hurricanes rally with a seven-goal explosion
Texier increased the score to 4-0 at 8:39 of the second period before Lorentz redirected a shot from Tony DeAngelo at 9:11 am to make 4-1.
âWe had to get something and respond after the goal against,â said Lorentz.
Skjei brought the Hurricanes back 4-2 at 2:05 of the second and made it 4-3 at 6:53 of the third with a shot from the left circle.
Nino Niederreiter the tie 4-4 at 10:34 when the puck bounced off the end boards towards him and Merzlikins was out of position. Bear scored from a distance at 10:50 to make it 5-4.
After Lorentz’s goal for a score of 6-4, Andrei Svechnikov scored in an empty net at 5:30 p.m. for the 7-4 final.
âThey keep on playing and play how they want to, and that’s what they did tonight,â Werenski said. “They kept coming and going.”
The Hurricanes are the first NHL team to win by three or more goals after trailing four since the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 on February 1, 1989.
âIt was special,â Lorentz said. “Sometimes you get a game like this where a team is a little depressed or not taking a break and then all of a sudden you get one and you stick to the game plan and good things happen. are happening, and that’s what happened.
âAfter two periods, we regrouped a bit. We said, ‘We’re right here. Once we get the next one through it, the floodgates might open, “and of course they did.”
REMARKS: The Hurricanes had their first five-goal period since scoring five in the second in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on January 23, 2019.â¦ Nyquist scored 361 NHL points (152 goals, 209 helps). … attacking the Blue Jackets Sean kuraly had two shots on goal in 18:08 in his 300th NHL game. He scored 78 points (29 goals, 49 assists). … Columbus attacking Emil Bemstrom assisted on Werenski’s goal for his first assist in his second game of the season. He only played Thursday because of oblique tension.