Blue Jackets extend Carolina's winless streak

BY foxsports • November 7, 2009

By RUSTY MILLER, AP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash scored the Columbus Blue Jackets' third goal in a 2:41 span of the third period to beat Carolina 3-2 Saturday night, the Hurricanes' franchise-record 12th consecutive game without a win.

Nikita Filatov and Jared Boll also scored goals for the Blue Jackets, who have picked up points in their last five games. Goalie Steve Mason, who had 24 saves, assisted on Boll's go-ahead goal.

Erik Cole and Tim Gleason had goals for Carolina, which lost goalie Cam Ward who was cut by a skate during the first period and taken by ambulance to a hospital for further evaluation.

The Hurricanes, who lost their sixth in a row overall, have not won since a 7-2 victory over Florida on Oct. 9. Since then, they have gone 0-9-3, eclipsing an 11-game winless streak in 2003. They are also winless in their last nine road games (0-7-2) and remain the only NHL team without a victory away from home.

Carolina led 1-0 going into the third period -- only the second time all season they've led with one period left. Columbus was 0-4 when trailing through two periods.

The Blue Jackets made short work of the deficit.

Fifty seconds in, Carolina's Brandon Sutter fanned on a clearing attempt and Derek Dorsett's blind, no-look centering feed found Filatov who was crashing the net.

Just over 2 minutes later, Boll was skating along the short boards in front of the Carolina bench when Joe Corvo lost his stick while trying to poke the puck away. Boll sped past Corvo and was all alone with Ward's replacement, Michael Leighton, beating him inside the near post for his first of the year.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice called a timeout to settle his team, which was coming off a 3-2 loss at home to Toronto on Friday night.

Another 36 seconds later, Nash intercepted Tim Gleason's pass for Zach Boychuk deep in the defensive zone. Nash coasted in and slipped the puck into the net for his 11th.

The Hurricanes pulled to 3-2 on Gleason's one-timer from just inside the blue line with 8 minutes remaining.

Mason did the rest, not allowing a goal on Carolina's five power plays -- including almost 2 full minutes of 5 on 3.

Ward left at the 7:35 mark of the first period after he was apparently nicked by a skate. Nash swooped in from the right across the crease while being shadowed by a defenseman, although there appeared to be very little contact with Ward. Still, Ward went down on all fours for a minute before he was slowly helped off the ice by two trainers, blood drops trailing him to the dressing room.

A team spokesman said Ward had been cut on the leg by a skate.

Soon after Ward's injury, the Hurricanes got on the board. Matt Cullen slid a long cross-ice pass to Cole for a one-timer from a hard angle at the bottom of the right circle.

NOTES: The Blue Jackets assigned F Alexandre Picard to Syracuse of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. An emergency recall, he was a healthy scratch on Thursday in his only game. ... Carolina is scoreless on its last 30 power plays. ... R.J. Umberger hit the back boards awkwardly in the third period and skated off slowly, but was able to return. ... The game was Columbus' Ken Hitchcock's 999th game as an NHL coach.


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