RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Seth Jones scored his second goal with 50.4 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night.
Kevin Stenlund scored in regulation for the Blue Jackets. Oliver Bjorkstrand assisted on all three goals.
Once Jones took control of the puck on the last sequence, he chose not to give it up.
“Crossing the blue line, I thought (Carolina defenseman Dougie) Hamilton was in a pretty good spot,” Jones said. “I looked pass first, and when I got to the top of the circle I was really thinking shot. With the ice not being the greatest, I just decided to put one on net.”
Stenlund had gone seven consecutive games without a point and was set to be a healthy scratch before the lineup change. He replaced Mikhail Grigorenko, who was out with an illness not related to COVID.
Stenlund, who has scored in both of the team’s games in Raleigh this season, has logged more than 12 minutes only once in his last six outings. Still, he showed signs of the types of contributions needed.
“I just want to notice (Stenlund),” Tortorella said about the center. “I’m not worried about mistakes, but I can’t have him blend in. That’s what I thought was happening with his game.”
The Columbus roster was also affected by putting center Emil Bemstrom on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury sustained in Wednesday’s practice.
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Korpisalo had to make as many saves in the first four minutes of overtime as he did in the entire third period. The most challenging one came when Necas skated in on what amounted to a long breakaway.
“He had a lot of time. I had a lot of time to set myself up,” Korpisalo said of assessing the situation. “It’s my job to stop the pucks.”
Korpisalo has run hot and cold against the Hurricanes. In two victories, he allowed two goals in each game. In two losses, he yielded 11 goals across five periods.
Hamilton has a 10-game points streak after his assist on Aho’s second goal. That’s one game shy of the franchise record for a defenseman.
During the current streak, Hamilton has just one game with more than one point. He holds the NHL’s longest active points streak.
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