Sep 26, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson (7) knocks Carolina Hurricanes center Brett Sutter (42) into the boards at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets at Carolina Hurricanes: Three Stars

The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes last night in an emotional, hard fought game.  There was a great (legal) body check by Jack Johnson and a couple of highlight reel goals and saves.  There were some players that stood out to me: Skille, Tropp, Anisimov and McKenna.

Fourth Star: Corey Tropp

I put Tropp in my honorable mention “star” because he finally got his first goal with the Blue Jackets.  It was a  nice backhanded shot from Mark Letestu. Go Corey!

Third Star: Mike McKenna

He let three pucks in, but he stopped many others from becoming goals.  His play during the last 30 seconds of the game is what kept the Blue Jackets winning.  He was not expected to start, but after Curtis McElhinney experienced some tightness in his back before the game, McKenna was thrown in.  He got his first NHL win after starting in 1735 days.  Check out my post on Why I Love Mike McKenna.

Second Star: Jack Skille

Skille has skill! He always seems to score in pivotal moments.  I wish there was room for him on the Blue Jackets all of the time.  His biggest oops moment of the night was an interference call 13 minutes into the last period.  Luckily the Jackets killed off that penalty and went on to win the game.

First Star: Artem Anisimov

Anisimov had one heck of a game last night.  He had one goal, one assist, and was 46% in the face-off circle.  His goal came from Cam Atkinson with a beautiful pass. Arty read what Cam was going to do and took the shot fed to him.  His assist was on Jack Skille’s goal in the third period.  The pass was beautiful and so was the goal. Take a look for yourself.

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