Staal scores in OT, Hurricanes beat Blue Jackets 4-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Jordan Staal scored in overtime to help the Carolina Hurricanes recover after blowing a three-goal lead and beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night.
Andrej Nestrasil, Kris Versteeg and John-Michael Liles scored and Staal added an assist to get Carolina to the .500 mark for the first time this season at 18-18-7. Cam Ward made 21 saves and the Hurricanes swept the home-and-home series after beating Columbus 4-1 on Friday night. Carolina is 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Blue Jackets, including four straight wins in Columbus.
Cam Atkinson, Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson scored for Columbus to erase a 3-0 deficit, and defenseman Seth Jones made his first home appearance. The Blue Jackets have lost both games since they acquired Jones from Nashville on Wednesday for center Ryan Johansen. Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves.