October 25, 2019 / 2:10 AM / 24 days ago

Blue Jackets rally past Hurricanes for OT win

EditorsNote: changed headline; several fixes throughout

Oct 24, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Boone Jenner (38) tips the puck off the stick of Carolina Hurricanes center Lucas Wallmark (71) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Atkinson scored at 3:28 of overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the visiting Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Thursday night.

Atkinson jammed in a crossing pass from Pierre-Luc Dubois inside the right post to finish a two-on-one for his third goal of the season. Ryan Murray had a goal and an assist and Alexandre Texier and Sonny Milano also scored goals for Columbus, which extended its point streak to six games (4-0-2). David Savard added two assists.

Joonas Korpisalo stopped 21 of 24 shots for the Blue Jackets, who played their eighth straight one-goal game and fourth consecutive overtime contest.

Dougie Hamilton, Ryan Dzingel and Sebastian Aho scored goals for Carolina. Petr Mrazek finished with 27 saves.

Columbus took a 1-0 lead at the 3:21 mark of the first period on Texier’s second goal of the season. The score came at the end of a four-on-one rush when Emil Bemstrom carried the puck into the zone and hit Texier with a cross-ice at the top of the right circle, where he one-timed a shot past Mrazek.

Carolina, coming off a five-day break following a 4-2 loss at Anaheim on Friday night, answered with three goals over the span of eight minutes to take a 3-1 lead after the first period.

Hamilton started the spurt with a wrist shot from the top of the slot for his sixth goal of the season, becoming the first NHL defenseman since the Montreal Canadiens’ Sheldon Souray in 2006 to score six goals in the month of October.

The Hurricanes then capitalized on two Blue Jackets turnovers in their defensive zone to score twice in the span of 49 seconds. Dzingel scored the first after Murray’s stick snapped while trying to clear the puck. Martin Necas picked up the loose, then set up Dzingel with a backhand pass from the left side of the goal.

Aho made it 3-1 with his third goal of the season, deflecting Brett Pesce’s shot from the high slot after Milano lost the puck in his skates.

Columbus came back to tie it during a second period in which the Blue Jackets outshot the Hurricanes 15-3. Murray cut it to 3-2 with his first goal of the season, beating Mrazek on his glove side with a wrist shot from the left circle. Milano tied it less than five minutes later, breaking in from the left side after taking a bank pass of the boards from Savard and beating Mrazek with a backhand shot.

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