Hurricanes edge Blue Jackets on Malone's goal

Craig Merz  - Correspondent | Sunday, 03.15.2015 / 8:59 PM

COLUMBUS – The Carolina Hurricanes fell behind to the Columbus Blue Jackets but didn’t mind because the result was different than the last time they played.

Carolina came back from a one-goal deficit by scoring three goals in the second period in a 3-2 win at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

Brad Malone broke a 2-2 tie late in the second and the Hurricanes (26-24-8) ended a three-game losing streak.

One of those losses came Tuesday when they led 3-1 after the first period against the Blue Jackets.

"It was definitely in the back of our minds," Carolina defenseman John-Michael Liles said.

Columbus (30-35-4) rallied for a 4-3 shootout win to start a three-game winning streak that ended when the Blue Jackets couldn’t hold a first-period lead on Nick Foligno’s 25th goal.

"It was nice to be able to play them again in such a short time and come into their rink and get a win," Carolina defenseman Justin Faulk said.

Faulk and Ron Hainsey also scored for the Hurricanes. Andrej Nestrasil had two assists and Anton Khudobin made 22 saves.

Scott Hartnell scored the second goal for the Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky made 24 saves.

"We just didn’t play well, especially the first two periods," Columbus center Brandon Dubinsky said. "I thought the third period we got back to our game. It’s been the story of our team."

A bland first period ended with a bang for the Blue Jackets when Foligno scored with 0.6 seconds left to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

"Obviously it’s a little disappointing, no question about that, but there’s still 40 minutes of hockey," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "That’s the main thing."

Foligno took a pass at the right edge of the crease and tried to stuff the puck past Khudobin. After the initial save, Foligno was able to whack the puck through the pads before the green light went on.

Liles said the Hurricanes used the first intermission to regroup.

"It’s over and done with. It’s unfortunate," he said. "Nobody wants to give up a goal that late in a period, especially on the penalty kill. Guys refocused and from there were strong on the penalty kill."

If there was any momentum gained from Foligno’s late score, it evaporated for the Blue Jackets in the second period because of a slew of penalties.

Columbus went to the box three times in the first 6:56 of the second and the Hurricanes made them pay to even the score to start a rush of four goals in a 5:49 span.

Carolina made it 1-1 on its fifth power play of the game with the 14th goal by Faulk. The defenseman scored on a shot from the high slot at 8:11.

"He’s got the shot that’s weapon and he’s become more comfortable bringing the puck up the ice," Peters said.

Hainsey, a former Blue Jackets defenseman, scored his second goal with a shot from the left wall that went through traffic at 9:45.

"Some guys are going for one shift then the next shift it was hard to watch from the bench," Hartnell said. "It was a frustrating period to say the least. I don’t think we’re a good enough team to win when it’s not 20 guys going. That’s a fact."

The Blue Jackets tied the game 2-2 at 12:27 when Hartnell scored his 21st goal.

It was Hartnell’s fifth goal in four games but rookie linemate Marko Dano did the work, taking the puck in the right circle and going inside and outside on Michal Jordan, sending the Carolina defenseman to the ice. Dano then skated to the net and sent a backhanded pass to Hartnell.

"When we were going out there he said, 'I’ll be skating down the wing,'" Hartnell said of Dano. "I’m thinking that’s a pretty confident player right before the draw.

"The pass was almost as nice as the move. It was a backhand, saucer pass. I’ll take one of those every night for sure."

Dano would’ve appreciated the play more if the outcome of the game was different.

"It’s nice when we can score a goal like that but we needed a big win for the team," he said.

Malone scored the game-winner at 14:00 with a redirect of a Brett Bellemore shot for his seventh goal with 6:00 remaining in the second.

"The guys have been strong mentally all year and they showed that again today," Peters said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
19:59CBJ PPG - Nick Foligno (25) ASST: Ryan Johansen (36) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
08:11CAR PPG - Justin Faulk (14) ASST: Victor Rask (17), Andrej Nestrasil (12) 1 - 1 Tie
09:45CAR Ron Hainsey (2) ASST: Chris Terry (6), Andrej Nestrasil (13) 2 - 1 CAR
12:27CBJ Scott Hartnell (21) ASST: Marko Dano (6), Sergei Bobrovsky (2) 2 - 2 Tie
14:00CAR Brad Malone (7) ASST: Brett Bellemore (8), Patrick Dwyer (7) 3 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
Three Stars of the Game
Brad Malone
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 11:59
Marko Dano
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:44
Anton Khudobin
SA: 24TOI: 59:53
GA: 2EV: 20-21
PIM: 0PP: 2-3
SV%: .917SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:04CAR Victor Rask  Slashing against  Alexander Wennberg
13:11CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
16:48CBJ Fedor Tyutin  Hooking against  Jordan Staal
19:00CAR Patrick Dwyer  Holding against  Jack Johnson
20:00CAR Elias Lindholm  Bench
2nd Period
00:22CBJ Scott Hartnell  Tripping against  Patrick Dwyer
02:20CBJ David Savard  Tripping against  Nathan Gerbe
06:56CBJ Ryan Murray  Hi-sticking against  Alexander Semin
3rd Period
10:37CAR Brett Bellemore  Delay of game
11:49CBJ Cam Atkinson  Holding the stick against  Victor Rask
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/61/4
Faceoff Wins3023
Blocked Shots128
Penalty Minutes812
11J. StaalC0004020:47
12E. StaalC0005022:11
14N. GerbeL0002015:39
15A. NestrasilC0202016:34
16E. LindholmC0000013:52
18J. McClementC0010015:13
24B. MaloneC1011011:59
25C. TerryL0100011:42
26J. LilesD0000019:15
27J. FaulkD1004029:57
28A. SeminR0002010:23
39P. DwyerR0110214:03
47M. JordanD0001015:48
49V. RaskC0101216:40
53J. SkinnerL0004011:36
62R. RissanenD000004:56
65R. HainseyD1011026:11
73B. BellemoreD0110216:22
31A. Khudobin2224.91759:53
4K. ConnautonD00-12017:48
7J. JohnsonD0001022:53
13C. AtkinsonR0000214:15
17B. DubinskyC00-10017:35
19R. JohansenC0102021:45
26C. TroppR000308:17
27R. MurrayD0000218:16
32R. BourqueR00-2009:59
40J. BollR000007:43
41A. WennbergC0012018:43
42A. AnisimovC00-22015:00
43S. HartnellL1014216:29
47D. ProutD00-12017:44
51F. TyutinD0000418:17
55M. LetestuC0001011:58
56M. DanoR0112013:44
58D. SavardD0001222:16
71N. FolignoL10-12017:28
72S. Bobrovsky2427.88958:35