The Carolina Hurricanes scored just 36 seconds into the game and then jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first period, but wilted as the game went on and lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday night at the PNC Arena.
Justin Faulk had another big game as the defenseman scored a goal and added two assists for the home team.
To start the game, Faulk made a sweet move to get open at the blueline, found an open lane, then beat Sergei Bobrovsky to make it 1-0, early.
Victor Rask would then score a powerplay goal off a feed by Faulk, 12:47 into the period and the home team was rocking.
There were a lot of penalties called in this game and both teams would take advantage. Rene Bourque tipped in a Cam Atkinson shot during a Columbus powerplay chance later in the first period, for the first of three powerplay goals by the visitors.
That makes five powerplay goals allowed in the past two games for the leading penalty kill unit in the league, (they were number one to start the night.) Coach Bill Peters was not impressed, although since Andrej Sekera and Tim Gleason have been traded, there is new personnel on the kill.
Bellemore and Jordan were the defensemen for the first, Faulk and Hainsey for the second, and Murphy and Hainsey for the third.
Peters said after the game that they will continue to work on it. "What was once a strength is now a weakness," the coach said.
The Canes would score another powerplay goal themselves when Eric Staal got a stick on a Ryan Murphy blast with just 9.6 seconds left in the first. Murphy was originally credited with the goal, but the scoring was changed to Staal after review. Faulk set that one up as well.
Bobrovsky would settle down after that period and would not allow another goal the rest of the way.
Scott Hartnell scored twice, both powerplay goals, one in the second and one in the third to tie the score.
The Jackets ramped up their physicality in the second period as well. Elias Lindholm was the recipient of a big hit by Jack Johnson along the boards and Jeff Skinner was dumped in the Jacket's bench at one point.
Columbus out-hit Carolina 51-33 for the game as they tried to take over the contest with their size and physicality.
Neither team was able to do much in the overtime period. At one point, Eric Staal broke into the clear but Bobrovsky made the save as the Captain took the shot. That was the only shot on goal in overtime for the Canes.
In the shootout, Cam Ward made the first two stops on Letestu and Anisimov, but Ryan Johansen made a slow, backhanded move for the game winner.
"Bob the goalie" made all the saves at the other end on Lindholm, Rask, and Skinner.
The Hurricanes are now 1-1-1 on this homestand and will next take on the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.
- Brett Bellemore had a team high six hits. He also had a team high three giveaways.
- Both teams generated 32 shots on goal for the game. Eric Staal led the way with six.
- Hainsey had a team high four blocked shots.
- Faulk was the game's first star. He had a team high 23:50 of ice time, had a goal, two assists, two takeaways and two blocked shots.