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Post Game (Preseason): Blue Jackets 6, Hurricanes 3

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

THE RUNDOWN
Todd Richards wasn't too thrilled with the Blue Jackets' team game and structure at times tonight, but what he did like was the way they responded in the third period.

Two quick goals from the Carolina Hurricanes (one from Victor Rask and another from Michal Jordan) turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead for the visitors at the 12:13 mark of the second period, and it was part of a sloppy sequence for the home team.

But as they have done throughout this preseason, the Blue Jackets had a response - and it was an emphatic one.

Marko Dano scored the first of two third period goals just 41 seconds into the frame (a wicked slap shot from the left circle) to give Columbus a 3-2 lead, and it was only the start of an offensive barrage to pull away down the stretch.

"I just closed my eyes and shot it as hard as I could," Dano said post-game.

Michael Chaput, who has had a fantastic training camp and preseason as he vies for a roster spot, scored the eventual game-winning goal on a nice deflection of Dalton Prout's point shot at 5:51 of the third period.

After Rask scored his second of the game to pull Carolina within 4-3, the Blue Jackets answered on the next shift. Artem Anisimov, one of the Jackets' best players the last two games, sniped one far-side on Anton Khudobin to make it 5-3 at 11:15.

Matt Calvert also scored twice for the Blue Jackets and was named the game's No. 1 star, scoring the first goal and adding a re-direction that made it 2-2 in the second period.

"It was more of our team game rather than individuals," Richards said of the Jackets' issues in the first two periods. "We got away from our identity of being a forechecking team. I think we try to get too cute; I'm all about possession and attacking with possession, but I think we did that too much and we slowed the game down.

"We're a hard-forechecking team, we're good when we get pucks below the goal line. We didn't do that much in the second period, but I thought we were much better in the third."

Sergei Bobrovsky made 23 saves - including several good ones early on - to pick up his second win of the preseason.

PIVOTAL MOMENT
Dano's first goal really got the Jackets going, and from there, they never really looked back. They were back on their horse in the third period and, as Richards said, did a better job of applying pressure on the forecheck and creating turnovers. All they needed was a little spark from the kid to get it going.

THREE STARS
1. Calvert - two goals (his first two of the preseason) and a solid all-around performance on a line with Wennberg and Atkinson.

2. Dano - the kid's making it tough on the coaches and management, and his case got stronger with a fine showing tonight.

3. Wennberg - "smart" and "crafty" are two adjectives for Wennberg's game tonight, which included two assists on two big goals for Columbus.


UP NEXT
vs. Nashville Predators
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Nationwide Arena

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