Following Laine's departure, the Hurricanes scored the next four goals — including two in the second by Seth Jarvis and Brady Skjei and two in the third by Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov. Gaudreau didn't record a point and finished with two shots. "The first game, it was nice to get it out of the way, but I wanted to get off on the right foot, the right start, and get a win, but we didn’t do that, " said Gaudreau, who signed a seven-year contract worth $68. 25 million with the Blue Jackets in July. "Going back home (Friday against Tampa Bay), it’s an important game for us. We don’t want to start the season 0-2. "Rookie Daniil Tarasov started in net for the Blue Jackets (0-1-0), replacing Elvis Merzlikins (illness).
Carolina went 0 for 2 on power plays, but the Blue Jackets made it hard on themselves killing them while going just 2 for 9 on shorthanded draws (22%). Boone Jenner (15 for 27) was the only Blue Jacket to finish above 50% on faceoffs (56%), while Sean Kuraly (39%), Justin Danforth (33%), Sillinger (20%) and Roslovic (30%) all struggled at the dots. — Erik Gudbranson played 20:59 and finished with one shot, four attempts and one hit. The hulking defenseman, who signed with the Blue Jackets just hours before Gaudreau in July, also was spotted having a chat with the Hurricanes’ bench not long after Carolina started taking liberties, physically, with a couple of Blue Jackets. That happened not long after Jenner was shoved to the ice in front of the net and mauled by Brent Burns in the second. Jaccob Slavin also stepped up to deliver a shoulder to Johnny Gaudreau in the second, sending the Blue Jackets’ shiny new toy crashing to the ice. There weren’t any fights, but Gudbranson went over the boards a lot.
Replays show Sillinger did proceed the puck into the zone without touching it, although there’s one angle that appears to show the puck very close, if not touching, his left skate as it crosses the blue line. The point is the NHL’s offside rule is open to interpretation and allows for a player to proceed the puck into the offensive zone as long as the linesman feels he’s in possession. An argument can be made that Sillinger’s decision to split two defenders at the blue line walled the two Hurricanes off from the puck as it crossed, which some may argue is definition enough that Sillinger had “control” over it the whole way. That’s not how it was ruled and it robbed the Blue Jackets of a big goal, which would’ve put them up 2-1 in a tight game.
They said it: Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes“Well, the thing is it’s a full 60 (minutes). You don’t get to quit after two (periods) and I don’t think we quit. It’s just, you know, the good teams … (The Hurricanes) started to push and they came at you in waves. And when they’re pressing like that, you don’t win as many wall battles that you need to win. ""It’s disappointment. It’s not frustration... that’s a wasted emotion. It’s just, unfortunately, I think they were building something there.
Hopefully it’s nothing too serious, but I thought we were playing well there. The game kind of slipped away from us there... "— Gaudreau on losing Laine in the second period of the season-opener, which spoiled a lot of work they'd put into building chemistry in training camp. "Yeah, well, the word we’ve talked about about with our group is ‘humility, ’ and there’s a lot of layers to that word and being humble enough to stay in the moment. That’s really where we have to stay, because it could be terrifying when you start looking at the schedule and the quality of opponent. But again, you show me the easy game, I’ll show you the fool because there is no such thing.
Sillinger slid the puck through both players, split between them, collected it inside the zone and ripped a wrist shot to the short side that beat Andersen for an apparent go-ahead goal that would've made it 2-1. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour challenged for offside and won. Officials ruled Sillinger crossed into the zone ahead of the puck without controlling it. Players can enter the zone prior to the puck if they're deemed to have control, but referee Kyle Rehman didn't see it that way. Larsen didn't either. “It’s offside, " he said. "It’s a good call. He never had control of the puck. I thought that was the right call. ” — An even bigger turning point for the Hurricanes occured at the end of the second, when Justin Danforth flubbed a shot from the doorstep with Andersen sprawled. The Hurricanes took the puck down the ice and scored on their next trip into the Columbus zone.
And as soon as you dip a little bit, your focus isn’t there, your details, your concentration, you get smacked right in the mouth. "“We wanted to address some size and some different things (in the offseason) and we did that, so I don’t think it changes anything about how we go about our business. The guys that we brought in, they’re bigger bodies, heavier, they bring a different skill set, and if the game calls for it, they’re there to rise to the challenge. But that doesn’t let anybody off the hook.
“We didn’t get nearly enough scoring opportunities on the power play and we had two or three of them tonight. (The Hurricanes) stand up on the blue line there and they’re tough to get by, and they did a good job there standing on the blue line and knocking pucks down. We had a little bit of trouble entering the zone. ” — Faceoffs largely don’t matter until they do. They began to matter for the Blue Jackets late in the second, when Carolina got a power play after Sillinger was called for slashing. The Hurricanes didn’t score a goal on the power play, but used it to build momentum that led up to Skjei’s goal to break a 1-1 tie.
Laine, who'd attempted a stick lift while forechecking on the play, left the game and didn’t return. His "upper-body injury" forced the Blue Jackets to finish with just 11 forwards and rotate line combinations. "Both teams (were) kind of being smart (in the first), getting pucks in deep, but that start of that second period, I thought we were really moving our feet, our line there, " Gaudreau said of he, Laine and Boone Jenner. "Two, three shifts in a row, we were in their zone, we were making plays, we were getting good opportunities and then (Laine) went down, and then you never know who you’re playing with the next shift. It’s tough to play like that. ”— Carolina knotted it 1-1 on Jarvis' goal at 5:12 of the second, after he intercepted a reverse pass from Jack Roslovic behind the Blue Jackets’ net.
He now has four assists in his last five games. With his second of three goals on Saturday at Vegas, Filip Forsberg became the third player in franchise history to record 500 points, joining Roman Josi (570) and David Legwand (566). Goaltender Juuse Saros is 10-4-4 with a 2. 40 goals-against average and.
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Jarvis' shot was taken with a backhand from outside the crease to the right of the net and beat Tarasov to the inside of the left post. It took some energy out of a strong Blue Jackets start to the period, but there were further negative momentum shifts ahead for Columbus. — A key turning point happened during the Jackets’ first power play, which was the first of two Columbus power plays in the second period. After struggling to gain entry into the Carolina zone, Cole Sillinger took matters into his own hands. He attempted a solo entry through defenseman Brent Burns and forward Martin Necas, who were stationed outside the Hurricanes’ blue line.
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Laine injury sours good start for Blue Jackets in opening loss to HurricanesRALEIGH, N. C. — Things couldn't have gone much better for the Blue Jackets through the first 25 minutes of their season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night at PNC Arena. Then Patrik Laine sustained an upper-body injury related to his right arm six minutes into the second period and it all fell apart. The Hurricanes swung the momentum with a late goal in the second, dominated the third and cruised to a 4-1 victory. Laine scored the game's first goal 11 seconds into the second period, putting the Blue Jackets up 1-0 in Johnny Gaudreau's debut for Columbus.
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The Nashville Predators currently rank sixth in the Central Division only ahead of the struggling Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks. They currently sit four games out of a playoff position, an uncharacteristic position for Nashville. They have made the playoffs in each of the last eight seasons. Game Notes: Martin Necas enters the game with the Canes longest active point streak of six games. He has four goals and three assists in his last six games. The Hurricanes and Predators are meeting for the 42nd time in their regular-season histories.
Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes: Game PreviewNashville Predators (16-14-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (25-7-6) 2022-23 Regular Season — Game 39 Thursday, January 5, 2023 — 7:00 pm ET PNC Arena — Raleigh, NC Watch: Bally Sports South Listen: 99. 9 The Fan SBN Opposition: On the Forecheck Follow Canes Country on Social Media Twitter @CanesCountry Facebook Canes Country Instagram @canescountrypix The Carolina Hurricanes look to rebound after having their franchise best 11-game winning streak snapped against the New York Rangers on Tuesday. The Canes also had a piece of good news on the injury front yesterday when thet activated forward Max Pacioretty off of IR. It would be expected that he would either join the lineup tonight or against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. The Canes also moved Ondrej Kase to LTIR and per Rod Brind’Amour, he doesn’t expect Stefan Noesen’s injury to be anything serious.
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The Hurricanes also took over the game, swinging momentum back in their direction in the second, without Laine around, and outshooting Columbus 20-8 in the third. “It was a (line) blender in the third, trying a couple guys in different spots, ” Larsen said. “We’ll watch the video, come back and get ready for (practice Thursday). ” — Tarasov faced the Hurricanes again and was peppered with shots again, just like he was New Year’s Day last season at Nationwide Arena in a 7-4 Carolina victory. Tarasov tore a hip labrum in the second period of that game and left after two periods with a 4-2 lead. He needed surgery in February and spent a lot of time rehabbing to get himself ready for this season.
They had a couple good looks, they finish on one and then that’s hockey. You can’t sit and feel sorry for yourself now. Now we’ll move forward, see where it goes. ” — Larsen on losing Laine so soon after the Finnish star forward had started to show chemistry with linemates Gaudreau and Jenner. "You never want someone to get hurt, but you’re on a new team, you’re building chemistry with your linemates, you think you had a good camp and then, you know, you’re not playing together in the middle of the second period.
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