Blue Jackets get key win in OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored a power-play goal at 2:40 of overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday night.
Artem Anisimov had a goal and an assist and Matt Calvert also scored to help the Blue Jackets earn an important two points in their push for the second playoff berth in club history and first since 2009.
Jeff Skinner and Andrei Loktionov scored and Riley Nash had two assists for the Hurricanes, who fell to 6-11 since the Olympic break.
Curtis McElhinney made 25 saves for Columbus in his second straight start in place of flu-stricken starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
Brandon Dubinsky rang the left post midway through the extra session for the Blue Jackets. Goalie Anton Khudobin couldn’t cover the puck, but forward Jiri Tlusty did — drawing the Hurricanes’ first penalty of the night at 1:54.
Johansen then ended it with a snap shot that trickled past Khudobin.
These teams entered on opposite ends of the playoff spectrum, with the Blue Jackets taking the ice in a four-way tie for two Eastern Conference wild cards.
Carolina is mathematically alive for just its second postseason berth since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the Hurricanes — who entered seven points behind that cluster of four teams — have a long way to go to catch up.