The Carolina Hurricanes were outshot and out-chanced against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but came up with a huge 46 save performance by Anton Khudobin as they defeated the Jackets, 3-1 on Tuesday night at Nationwide Arena. Newcomer Andrei Loktionov had a goal and an assist to lead the scoring for the Canes. The goal was his first as a Hurricane. The Hurricanes were outshot 47-20 for the game, and were drubbed by a 19-0 margin in the third period, but their goalie made save after save and got within 50 seconds of a shutout as the home team could not light the lamp until late, on a tipped shot. The Canes not only played without Jiri Tlusty and John-Michael Liles who were both out with injuries, but Elias Lindholm and Justin Faulk also both missed the game because of illness. Ryan Murphy was on the receiving side of a high hit by Blake Comeau, who was just returning from a suspension, and left the game early with an upper body concern. After his team killed a penalty early, Nathan Gerbe brought the puck down and faked a pass then beat starting goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Canes a 1-0 lead just 3:42 into the game. The Jackets put heavy pressure on Khudobin after that, but the goalie was on his "A" game this night. Early in the second period, the Canes got a rare powerplay goal from Loktionov, after he tucked a rebound in the net off of a Jay Harrison shot from the point.
Khudobin makes 46 saves as Canes finally win at Columbus, 3-1
Canes Country | Mar 19