Hurricanes rally past Columbus with three-goal third, 3-2 Canes net three goals in less than three minutes

RALEIGH, NC – The Columbus Blue Jackets came to Raleigh having won eight of their last nine and promptly broke out to a 2-0 lead through forty minutes of play.

In less than three minutes of playing time in the third period, the Carolina Hurricanes gathered themselves up and scored three goals to erase the deficit and take the lead, 3-2.

Eric Stall scored twice in 60 seconds to tie things up and Jordan Staal completed the comeback at 14:08 of the period.

“Sometimes in this building you feel it coming,” Eric Staal said. “It was a big couple goals and a good win.”

Jordan Staal’s goal came off a drag of the puck to get Sergei Bobrovsky to commit then miss on the ensuing backhand shot.

“I had some speed coming low and just went for it from there,” Staal said. “I saw the [defenseman] and I tried to get my reach out there and pull him as far over as I could, then pulled to the other side and tried to get it on net.”

The Blue Jackets scored their two goals in the first period when Derek MacKenzie scored at 2:25 of the first.

RJ Umberger followe3d for Columbus just 17 seconds later when he beat Anton Khudobin in the Carolina net.

“You expect that,” said Khudobin. “They’re losing by one goal with a couple minutes left. They tried to shoot everything at the net and [hope] something would go by me.”

Columbus coach Mike Richards was disappointed with the loss of the lead and game.

“It leaves you with a bad feeling,” Richards said. “You’re up 2-0 in the third with under nine minutes to go. Then in the span of three minutes, everything you’ve done up to that point is all gone. Erased.”

After winning eight straight, the Jackets have bow lost two in a row.

“I don’t know if we were trying to hold on or playing the game to win,” Richards said. “We gave up three goals in less than three minutes. For 57 minutes, I thought we managed it fairly well. But three minutes, that’s the game. We gave them opportunities and they cashed in. A couple lost battles along the walls turned into turnovers and they capitalized.”

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