COLOMB, OH. – For only the second time in franchise history, the Carolina Hurricanes won a 4-0 trailing game on Saturday, scoring seven straight goals for a 7-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Ahead of the game’s first goal, scored at 6:54, the Canes set up an offense into the Columbus end filled with possession and shooting attempts, two runs becoming a norm throughout the afternoon.
By putting a healthy dose of rubber on rookie Blue Jackets goalie Daniil Tarasov, the 22-year-old managed to ward off blow after blow, thwarting Carolina until his team were able to capitalize. Zach Werenski managed to beat Antti Raanta on the backhand for the first count of the match, giving the home side the advantage despite a strong start on the other side.
The Canes got back to work immediately after the scorer, but six minutes later the game turned 2-0. Six minutes later, a shorthanded breakaway made it 3-0, ending the goal of the first period.
Although Rod Brind’Amour’s team dominated the shooting attempts and dictated where the game was played, his team were followed by a trio.
Although Columbus struck once more at 8:39 of the second to bring the score to 4-0, one of the first efforts to change the course of the game was Frederik andersen entering in relief to start the middle frame. Fresh off the COVID-19 protocol roster, the star goalie then started to get comfortable, making a few timely saves early in his tenure in the game.
The momentum really started to shift in the opposite direction then 32 seconds after Columbus’ fourth goal, when Steven lorentz redirected a shooting pass from Tony DeAngelo at home, finally getting their team to the board. Serving as proof that Tarasov was indeed beatable despite his great efforts, the Canes then reduced the lead to 4-2 a few minutes later. Brady Skjeiit is the first of the afternoon.
So Carolina entered the final break with a pair of late, but now with proof that they could find the back of the net while continuing their control efforts. At the end of two periods, the shooting attempts were 59-26 in favor of the Canes, per Natural Stat Trick.
Then, in a surprise turn of events, Tarasov did not return for the third period. It was later shared that it was due to a lower body injury. Elvis Merzlikins was pushed for the Blue Jackets, facing the same pressure his goalie partner had been under for 40 minutes. Merzlikins managed to get a few saves under his belt to start the frame, but eventually the attack got too strong.
Playing with conviction, Brady Skjei had a 4-3 game with his second of the game, a shot from the blocking side of the defensive goalkeeper. Then, after hitting the crossbar and missing another golden opportunity moments before, Nino Niederreiter completed the crew’s return to make it a 4-4.
Video: CAR @ CBJ: Niederreiter capitalizes on odd rebounds
Before you can blink, or rather 16 games of playtime later, a Ethan Bear point shot gave Carolina their first lead of the calendar year, 5-4.
1:09 later it was Lorentz again, joining Skjei at the multi-goal club to bring the score to 6-4. Shocking the Nationwide Arena crowd, the Canes returned to claim a victory in their opener of 2022, finishing with a Andrei Svechnikov net empty goal to make 7-4.
Video: CAR @ CBJ: Lorentz scores in the 3rd period
They said it:
Rod Brind’Amour when asked if he had ever participated in a victory like today:
“Not really. The difference with the other comebacks is that the others are closer games. This one was so open it looked like. Even though we were down four it was still like we had one, we might have a chance – which we did, obviously. One crucial thing was the arrival of Freddie and his few big saves. They were right by the time the game was about to become out of control, so I thought his game was excellent. We’re going to take the win, that’s for sure. “
Steven lorentz on what it was like to be part of today’s victory:
“That one was a bit special. Sometimes you get a match like this and you feel down, or you don’t get the breaks, and then all of a sudden, if you stick to the game plan, good things are happening. After two periods we kind of regrouped a bit and it felt like if we got the next goal from them we would open the floodgates, and that’s what we have. done. Obviously it’s very nice to start the good year. It gives you a little confidence to be able to produce like that too, but we’ll take it. It’s just a game and we’ll get ready for our next test .
Brady Skjei, laughing, after being asked if you could expect two goals from him in every game in 2022:
“No. I would love that but I don’t think we need to hope too much.”
“It was a weird game. In the first half we ended up down 3-0 and I thought we outplayed them. We were all over them in their defensive zone, we just dropped a few chances on which they capitalized on and we didn’t. We knew we just had to keep playing the way we were and the goals would come. So they definitely did. “
The team are returning to Raleigh after the game because their originally scheduled Toronto game on Monday was postponed earlier this week. For now, their next scheduled game is Friday night at home against Calgary.
Bonus notes coming soon …