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Jackets rally from 3-0 hole, but fall in OT to Carolina

by Katie Foglia / Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets were looking to even the slate on the back-end of a home-and-home series tonight at Nationwide Arena.

A slow start had them down 3-0 in the second period, but they battled back and scored three goals to tie the game and push the game into overtime.

Jordan Staal’s overtime goal sealed a 4-3 win for the Hurricanes 2:45 into overtime, but the Blue Jackets were able to pick up a point and take away some positives from tonight’s performance.

“We kept fighting,” center Brandon Dubinsky said. “We found a way to get a point. Obviously, we need two. We can’t spot a good team like that three goals, but (I'm) proud of the way we fought back and found a way to at least get it to overtime.”

“Do we get what we want? No. But can we hang our hat on something? I’m going to find something to hang out hat on, because that’s the way we have to go about this and just try to grow and keep on getting competitive,” coach John Tortorella said after the game.

“The third period, we started making plays. I thought we played hard through the game. I thought we struggled offensively for a good portion, but I appreciate the way they hung in there, battled back and found a way to get a point.”

The game got off to a quick start when Jared Boll and Brad Malone squared off at 2:15 of the first period in front of a lively Saturday night crowd at Nationwide Arena.

Malone’s hit on Nick Foligno the previous evening in Raleigh sent the Blue Jackets’ captain out of the game with an injury, and on Saturday afternoon, Foligno was placed on injured reserve.

Here's how the three-goal deficit came about: first, Andrej Nestrasil buried a power play goal past Joonas Korpisalo to open the scoring for the Hurricanes at 10:09 of the first period.

Kris Versteeg's sixth goal of the season came at 1:27 of the second period — and 6:05 later, John-Michael Liles added on, giving the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead.

But the tides turned in favor of the Blue Jackets while on the penalty kill later in the second period.

Cam Atkinson made a great play at his own blue line to strip the puck and take off on a shorthanded breakaway. He made his signature forehand deke, beating Cam Ward at 15:28 of the frame. The goal was Atkinson’s 13th overall and second shorthanded tally of the season.

Alexander Wennberg was the next to chip away for the Jackets at 4:23 of the third period, then Josh Anderson's first NHL goal tied it at 11:54.

Dubinsky, who played on a line with Anderson and Rychel in the third, applauded his young linemates’ performances tonight.

“Obviously, it’s nice to see the young guys contributing,” Dubinsky said. “(Wennberg) scores, (Anderson) scores, (Rychel) makes an awesome play there, so take some good things out of this and try to continue to get better.”

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