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Milano scores twice, Blue Jackets top Hurricanes in overtime

Columbus forward gets winning goal on breakaway after Carolina ties it late

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sonny Milano scored on a breakaway with 31 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

The goal, Milano's second of the game, came moments after Sebastian Aho's shot missed the net for Carolina on a 3-on-1.

"I knew I had a lot of time," said Milano, who has four goals in three games. "I knew all three of their guys were caught (up ice). I definitely had that backhand in mind. It's a move I use a lot."

 

[WATCH: All Blue Jackets vs. Hurricanes highlights]

 

The Blue Jackets (2-1-0) had to kill a penalty in overtime after Artemi Panarin hooked Jordan Staal going to the net. Sergei Bobrovsky made seven saves on the Carolina power play. 

"The saves he makes just look so easy, especially on the [penalty kill in overtime]," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "It just calms everybody down. He's not flopping and trying to dive across. He's just making solid, steady saves. When he's like that, it just goes right through the whole team."

Milano gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 10:01 of the third period when he circled the net and banked a shot off goalie Scott Darling's glove at the right post. Foligno won the face-off and Oliver Bjorkstrand shot wide, setting up Milano's chance.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Milano scores from tough angle off Darling

"I try that a lot, maybe a little too much," Milano said. "Going around the net, I know there's a little spot there [where] I could just bank it off the goalie."

Jeff Skinner scored for Carolina to tie the game 1-1 with 1:25 remaining in the third period. Skinner intercepted Markus Hannikainen's clearing attempt and scored on a low shot from between the circles.

"[The play] has run through my head probably 100 times already, what I should have done," Hannikainen said. "I should have taken the puck and taken a few strides, then get it down the ice. But I made a mistake and I have to learn from it."

Darling made 25 saves for the Hurricanes (1-0-1).

Video: CBJ@CAR: Bobrovsky robs Staal at point-blank range


 
Goal of the game

After trailing the play on Carolina's 3-on-1, Milano got to the long rebound of Aho's shot and skated the length of the ice before making a forehand-to-backhand move.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Milano nets second goal on breakaway in OT

 
Save of the game

Bobrovsky was sharp on a hard shot from Noah Hanifin at 1:56 of overtime.

 

Highlight of the game

Skinner jumped to bring down Hannikainen's clearing attempt with his left hand, then moved in on Bobrovsky for the goal.

Video: CBJ@CAR: Skinner goes five-hole to even game late

 

They said it

"Forget about offense, because we know that's going to be there. I think he's been really consistent away from the puck too. He gets the puck out, and that's the most important part for this coach." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on Sonny Milano

 

"There wasn't a lot either way 5-on-5, I didn't think. It was pretty even throughout. Both teams have a pretty good set of [defensemen], so it's hard to get at the net. I didn't think we were at the net early in the first (period), but I thought we got there more as the game went along. It's tough when your defensemen are as good as theirs." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

Need to know

Bobrovsky has allowed one goal in two games this season. ... Hurricanes forward Marcus Kruger played his 400th NHL game. ... The Hurricanes are 5-1-3 in their past nine games against the Blue Jackets here.

 

What's next

Blue Jackets: Host the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, TVA Sports, MSG, FS-0, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Visit the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, CITY, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Milano scores twice to lead Jackets in 2-1 OT win

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