Blue Jackets slip past Hurricanes 4-3

The Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage of a couple of late

defensive lapses by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ryan Johansen and Jack Skille scored 1:28 apart late in the

third period to rally for a 4-3 victory on Monday night.

After Alexander Semin scored midway through the third period to

give Carolina a 3-2 lead, the Hurricanes struggled in the final

five minutes to allow the Columbus comeback.

”You can’t make mistakes late in the game that are going to

cost you,” Carolina coach Kirk Muller said.

”We made two mistakes in the third. It was a game of errors and

we made two and they made us pay for both of them.”

Johansen took advantage of a Carolina turnover and scored on an

odd-man rush with a pass from Nick Foligno at 15:58 of the third to

make it 3-3.

Then at 17:26, Carolina executed a poor line change that allowed

Skille to find open ice on the right wing that led to the

game-winning goal.

Skille said the comeback was a team effort.

”We wanted to finish strong and we’re the type of team that

will never give up,” Skille said. ”Everyone wants to win and that

was the key to that third period.”

Mike McKenna, playing his fourth game with the Blue Jackets,

finished with 30 saves and earned his first win of the season.

”It was a little different than the other games I’ve played

this year,” McKenna said. ”What a fortuitous turn of events. That

was about the best five minutes I’ve been a part of. Those two guys

went in and put two perfect shots.”

Columbus also got goals from Artem Anisimov and Corey Tropp as

the Blue Jackets beat Carolina for the sixth straight time.

Jeff Skinner, who has 10 goals in his past 11 games and leads

Carolina with 14, scored twice on the power play. Both came when

the Hurricanes were down a goal to tie the game.

His first came with 1:11 left in the first period to make the

score 1-1 on a 5-on-3. And he tied the game at 2-2 with 3:35 left

in the second period.

Carolina has struggled since winning three straight earlier in

the month. The Hurricanes have lost six of their past seven, though

three were in overtime.

NOTES: C Boone Jenner has points (goal, assist) in consecutive

games and Anisimov has points (one goal, two assists) in three

straight for Columbus. … C Eric Staal has 21 points (six goals,

15 assists) in his past 19 games. … The Hurricanes scored

multiple power-play goals in a game for the first time this