NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Carolina |
(Thursday, December 15th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Columbus 1
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Rod Brind'Amour scored two goals to lead the
Carolina Hurricanes past Columbus, 2-1, at the RBC Center.
Cory Stillman notched his 19th assist of the season for Carolina, which has
won four of its last five games. Aaron Ward also had a primary assist, while
goaltender Martin Gerber stopped 25 shots in net.
Michael Rupp scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three
of their last four. Pascal Leclaire made 30 saves in a losing effort.
Columbus went 0-for-4 on the power play, including a failed 5-on-3 opportunity
in the first period that helped keep the game scoreless through the first 20
"We shoot ourselves in the foot going to the box like that, but the penalty
killers did a great job," said Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette. "The way
we were playing in the first period, that could have sent the game in a
different direction, so it was a big kill for us."
Brind'Amour broke the stalemate with a power-play goal 6:33 into the second
period. Stillman fed the puck down low to Ray Whitney then got it right back
at the top of the left circle before firing it in on net. Brind'Amour, who was
stationed in front, was able to get a stick on the disc as it zipped by and
redirected it past Leclaire.
Brind'Amour recorded his second tally of the night less than three minutes
later. After Ward found the center behind the net, Brind'Amour moved out
in front and lifted a backhander over Leclaire's left shoulder to make it 2-0.
Columbus cut its deficit in half at the 1:20 mark of the final stanza.
Rupp intercepted a pass just outside of Carolina's blue line and moved into
the zone unimpeded before making a move and beating Gerber stick-side for his
first goal of the season.
The Blue Jackets threatened to tie the game several times down the stretch,
including a power-play chance with less than six minutes to play after Whitney
was whistled for holding.
Gerber, though, was able to withstand the pressure and killed off the penalty.
Columbus pulled their goaltender in the final moments but was unable to
generate significant pressure.
"They deserved to win tonight," said Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant.
"They played hard and I thought our team played a pretty good game against
Carolina is now 2-0 on its current five-game homestand, which continues with a
game against New Jersey on Saturday...The Jackets, who are 3-13-0 on the road,
will visit Nashville on Saturday...This was Brind'Amour's second two-goal game
of the season...Carolina is 11-4 at home...The Hurricanes have won six of the
last seven meetings with Columbus.
12/15 23:16:20 ET