Hurricanes score seven unanswered to rally past Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS — The Carolina Hurricanes scored seven unanswered goals, including five in the third period, to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets 7-4 at Nationwide Arena on Saturday.

Brady Skjei and Steven Lorentz scored twice for the Hurricanes (23-7-1), who have won four straight and eight of nine.

Ethan Bear scored at 10:50 of the third make it 5-4 and Lorentz made it 6-4 at 11:59 as part of four goals in a 3:57 span.

Gustav Nyquist, in his 600th NHL game and 100th for Columbus, scored shorthanded and had an assist.

Daniil Tarasov made 31 saves in two periods for the Blue Jackets (15-14-1) before exiting with a lower-body injury. Elvis Merzlikins made 11 saves in the third period. 

Antti Raanta stopped six of nine shots in the first period before being relieved by Frederik Andersen, who in his first game since clearing COVID-19 protocol on Thursday made eight saves.

Zach Werenski gave Columbus a 1-0 lead at 6:54 of the first period and Adam Boqvist made it 2-0 at 12:30. Nyquist extended the lead at 18:04 of the first. 

Texier made it 4-0 at 8:39 of the second period before Lorentz redirected a shot by Tony DeAngelo at 9:11 to make it 4-1.

Skjei pulled the Hurricanes to within 4-2 at 14:05 of the second and he made it 4-3 at 6:53 of the third with a shot from the left circle.

Nino Niederreiter tied it 4-4 at 10:34 when the puck bounced off the end board to him and Merzlikins was out of position. Bear scored from long range at 10:50 to make it 5-4.

After the Lorentz goal for a 6-4 score, Andrei Svechnikov scored into an empty net at 17:30 for the 7-4 final.

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