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Boychuk and Nash stake Canes to early lead, Ward stops 17 in 4-2 victory over Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Zach Boychuk, Riley Nash, Justin Faulk and Eric Staal scored in the Carolina Hurricanes' 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes, who started 0-6-2, have won three in a row. Cam Ward made 17 saves.

Nick Foligno scored twice for the injury-riddled Blue Jackets, who have lost six in a row. His jam shot with 5:23 left cut the lead to 3-2. Columbus threatened to tie it, but Ward stopped Scott Hartnell's point-blank shot and Ryan Johansen's rush.

Curtis McElhenny, the backup to the injured Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 33 shots.

The Blue Jackets last lost six in a row (0-5-1) from Jan. 19-Feb. 1, 2013. They haven't lost six straight in regulation since Nov. 10-20, 2006. Coach Gerard Gallant was fired three days later.

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