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Huselius scores twice as Blue Jackets win fourth game in a row, beat 'Canes 5-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Kristian Huselius scored two goals, and Steve Mason made 26 saves to help the Columbus Blue Jackets win their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

R.J. Umberger's goal, a lunging tip-in on a 5-on-3 advantage, put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-0 early in the third period, and Columbus went on to match its longest winning streak of the season.

Former Hurricane Mike Commodore scored Columbus' first goal, on the Blue Jackets' first shot, midway through the first period. Huselius added a power-play goal in the second period, following up a rebound after Cam Ward stopped Kris Russell's initial attempt. Umberger added with his 17th goal of the season for the three-goal lead.

Dennis Seidenberg scored unassisted with 13:31 remaining for the Hurricanes, who outshot the Blue Jackets 26-19.

Manny Malhotra added a goal for the Blue Jackets with 9:24 remaining, and Huselius completed the scoring with an empty-net goal.

The Hurricanes have struggled to find the net since scoring 13 regulation goals in three games on the West Coast earlier this month. They nearly were shut out for the second consecutive home game. Florida beat Carolina 5-0 on Thursday night.

Notes: The Hurricanes activated Seidenberg before the game. To make room on the roster, Bryan Rodney was reassigned to Albany of the AHL. Also, the team placed defenceman Frantisek Kaberle on waivers. ... The Blue Jackets improved to 16-3 when leading after two periods.

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