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Recap: Canes Rattle Off Six Straight Goals to Beat Blue Jackets

McGinn, Teravainen each record four points

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes scored six unanswered goals en route to a 7-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Twelve different players recorded at least a point for the Canes, while Brock McGinn (2g, 2a) and Teuvo Teravainen (1g, 3a) posted four points each.


Fist Bumps

Teuvo Teravainen

About eight minutes deep in the first period, Teravainen had what would have been the Canes' first goal of the game called back because of an offside zone entry that occurred 45 seconds prior. Perhaps he took that personally because he responded with a goal and three assists in the second and third periods.

Early in the second period, just 27 seconds after dishing a backhand beauty across the crease to McGinn, Teravainen went bar down in the slot, his second goal in as many games, to give the Canes their first lead of the night.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Teravainen goes bar down to give Canes lead

Teravainen wasn't done handing out helpers. In the final minute of the second while on the power play, he was the tac in a tic-tac-power-play-goal sequence finished off by Nino Niederreiter, who is tied for the team lead in goals on the season (7).

Video: CBJ@CAR: Niederreiter nets PPG to cap passing play

These last two games have been a return to form of sorts for Teravainen, who was without a point in his first five games back from the COVID-19 Protocol list.

"Today was maybe the first day I started to feel a little bit better," he said. "I haven't normal after, I feel like. It's been kind of tough. Hopefully it will get better now."

Brock McGinn

McGinn came into Monday's contest with 98 career points in the NHL, and not only did he reach the century mark, but he skated right past it with a four-point night (2g, 2a).

Just 89 seconds into the second period, McGinn tapped in Teravainen's centering feed for his sixth goal of the season, the marker that tied the game at three.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Teravainen, McGinn team up to knot score

Just past the midway point of the third period, McGinn cruised through the slot and got a piece of Jake Bean's point shot for his second goal of the game.

Video: CBJ@CAR: McGinn tips shot home for his second goal

McGinn is tied for the team lead in goals with seven, six of which he has scored in his last six games.

Jordan Staal

Since returning from the COVID-19 Protocol list, Staal has recorded a team-leading 14 points in just 10 games. The captain was credited with a pair of goals tonight, his first multi-goal game and fifth multi-point effort of the season.

Staal brought the Canes within a goal late in the first period when he chipped in his own second opportunity.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Staal scores in 1st period

With the game pretty much out of reach in the third period, Staal helped the Canes kick the extra point. Andrei Svechnikov fed Vincent Trocheck in the slot for a redirection, and the puck then glanced puck then glanced off Staal and eluded Elvis Merzlikins, who relieved Joonas Korpisalo in net after two periods.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Staal scores his second goal on power play


Minus: The start

The game was only 26 seconds old when Cam Atkinson popped in his own rebound to give the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, that lead was doubled with Boone Jenner slid a puck in past James Reimer. It was a pretty disasterous start to the Canes' homecoming.

Sebastian Aho made it a 2-1 game with his fourth goal of the season at the 13:14 mark, but Columbus stretched its lead back to two goals not even three minutes later when Kevin Stenlund baseball batted an airborne puck past Reimer.

"We couldn't have been much colder," Brind'Amour said.

The Canes got another one back before the end of the first to make it a 3-2 game heading into the intermission, and from there, they ran with it. 

"That first 10 minutes wasn't pretty for our team," McGinn said. "I think we just had to dig in, get to our system and get to our game. We did a good job of battling back, potting a couple and making it a game."

Plus: The response

There is no quit in this team. Even when the Canes get kicked in the teeth right off the opening faceoff, they put the score in the rearview mirror and started over on the next shift. An early two-goal deficit? A disallowed goal? Another two-goal deficit? Park it and move on.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Aho rips puck in off post to trim deficit

You've heard the refrain before this season: Good teams find a way to win. The Canes are a good team, and probably even better than just good. There is belief on the bench, and there is enough skill to make up for whatever mishaps might happen along the way.

"We got down two, and no one even had one thought that we were going to lose," Bean said. "We knew that if we played our game we could come back and make up the goals."

Checking In With the New Guy

Cedric Paquette logged a lot of miles this weekend. He flew from Winnipeg to Toronto on Saturday before driving back to Ottawa. He arrived in Canada's capital city in the wee hours of Sunday morning and packed up to hit the road once again. One long, border-traversing drive later, he arrived in Raleigh late Sunday night.

After all of that, he played 11:33 of an NHL game and recorded five hits in his debut with the Canes. Paquette made his presence felt with this heavy body check on Seth Jones in the second period.

"For him to come out and be crashing and banging was awesome to see. Our bench loved it," McGinn said. "He's a player you want on your team."

Stats Pack

1, 2: Bean recorded his first career NHL point with the secondary assist on Staal's goal in the first period. It wasn't just a throwaway secondary helper, either - Bean pinched at the far point and protected the puck along the far wall before working it deep where Staal and Foegele grinded out the scoring sequence. He added his second career assist in the third period, as his point shot was redirected by McGinn for the team's sixth goal of the game.

99, 100, 101, 102: McGinn tallied four points on the night (2g, 2a), and his goal in the second period marked his 100th career NHL point. His second goal of the game was the 50th of his career, and he now owns 102 career points (50g, 52a).

27, 19: The Canes tallied four of their goals in two quick strikes. They scored their third and fourth goals within a 27-second span and then tallied their sixth and seventh goals in just 19 seconds.

37: Somewhat quietly, Reimer made a season-high 37 saves to earn his seventh win in as many starts.

Quote of the Night

"I don't think we're ever out of a game. I think we've proven that this year." - Rod Brind'Amour

Up Next

The Canes host the Florida Panthers at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a rescheduled match-up that was originally slated for late January.

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