NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Columbus|
(Friday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Columbus 5, Carolina 1
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - R.J. Umberger netted a hat trick and the
Columbus Blue Jackets breezed past the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-1, on Friday at
Vinny Prospal had a goal and an assist and Mark Letestu also scored for the
Blue Jackets, who have won five straight games against the Hurricanes. Derick
Brassard added three assists and Nikita Nikitin and Jack Johnson had
two helpers apiece.
Steve Mason posted 39 stops in the victory.
"I think the whole team just felt good after that first one went in on the
power play," Umberger said. "After that, it just seemed like Brass (Brassard)
was finding me open a lot. We has some turnovers and odd-man rushes, but I
think the key to the game was that our penalty kill was really good tonight."
Drayson Bowman tallied the lone goal for the Hurricanes, who had their four-
game winning streak snapped. Cam Ward was tagged for all five goals on 26
shots in defeat.
Columbus opened the scoring at the 6:50 mark of the first period after Prospal
accepted a deft drop-pass from Johnson in the right circle and fired a quick
snap shot on net that handcuffed Ward an found its way into the net.
Skating on the man advantage, the Blue Jackets made it 2-0 at 9:03 of the
second stanza after Umberger knocked down a clearing attempt at the blue line
to keep the puck in the zone, moved in a few steps and fired a wrist shot high
over the shoulder of Ward.
The Hurricanes answered at 13:16 when Bowman put a shot on net from the right
circle that went in and out of the glove of Mason. The Columbus netminder
briefly lost sight of the puck and Bowman was able to sweep home his own
rebound to make it 2-1.
Umberger collected his second goal of the night at 14:36 of the second period
after Brassard brought the puck into the offensive zone on the left wing and
sent a cross-ice pass right to the tape of Umberger and he one-timed it past a
sliding Ward to make it 3-1.
Umberger completed his hat trick at 14:58 of the third period after he went in
on a 2-on-1 with Brassard, accepted a quick pass in the left circle and ripped
it past an out of position Ward to make it 4-1.
Columbus capped the scoring less than two minutes later when Letestu found the
back of the net at 16:45 off a perfect feed from Prospal.
"We played some good hockey, but we just looked like a tired team tonight,"
Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said. "We've been battling every night, we
had opportunities on the power play, we just couldn't execute."
Friday marked the first and only meeting of the season between the teams...It
was Umberger's third career hat trick...The Blue Jackets went 1-for-3 with the
man advantage, while the Hurricanes failed to score on five power-play
opportunities...The Blue Jackets scored the first goal of the game for the
34th time this season and are 18-12-4 in those games...Mason improved to
4-0-0 with a 1.50 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in four
career games against Carolina.
03/23 22:22:50 ET