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Carolina 7, Columbus 4
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 1, 2022
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Jake Brenk, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen: Travis Gawryletz, Dan Kelly
Attendance: 15736

Brady Skjei scored twice in a comeback from a four-goal deficit as the Carolina Hurricanes rallied past the host Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7-4 victory Saturday afternoon.

Steven Lorentz also scored twice, posting the first and sixth goals for the Hurricanes. They scored five goals in the third period.

Nino Niederreiter, Ethan Bear and Andrei Svechnikov had the other goals, with Bear putting Carolina ahead with 9:50 remaining. Lorentz followed with his second goal just 69 seconds later.

Frederik Andersen stopped eight shots across the final two periods in relief of goalie Antti Raanta, who gave up three goals on nine shots in the first period just two days after posting a shutout of the Montreal Canadiens. Andersen also was credited with an assist on Niederreiter's goal.

Daniil Tarasov worked the first two periods as the goalie for Columbus. Elvis Merzlikins gave up the final four Carolina goals.

Columbus won just three times in December, but the Blue Jackets appeared on their way to their first regulation victory since Dec. 5.

Zach Werenski, Adam Boqvist, Gustav Nyquist and Alexandre Texier scored for the Blue Jackets. Nyquist had a short-handed tally and he also had an assist. Texier supplied an assist as well.

The Hurricanes have won eight of their last nine games. They failed to score at all until 10:49 remained in the second period, yet they entered the third period with a 4-2 deficit.

Carolina scored five times on 16 third-period shots. The Blue Jackets put only two shots on goal in the third period.

Seth Jarvis and Vincent Trocheck each had two assists for Carolina. Fourteen of the Hurricanes had at least one point.

Andersen came out of COVID protocols prior to Thursday's game, so this was his first time back in action since that layoff.

The Hurricanes also won in Columbus in October. Andersen was also the winning goalie in that game.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Columbus
Steven Lorentz 2 Points Gustav Nyquist 2
Steven Lorentz 2 Goals Gustav Nyquist 1
Seth Jarvis 2 Assists Gustav Nyquist 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Gustav Nyquist 1
Frederik Andersen .889 Save Percentage Daniil Tarasov .939
Frederik Andersen 8 Saves Daniil Tarasov 31
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 49 7 0-3 3-3 6 38
Columbus 18 4 0-3 3-3 6 23
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .600 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .773 after a win and .667 after a loss.