Columbus Blue Jackets @ Carolina Hurricanes
Monday, January 27th, 2014, 7:00PM
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
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Well, wasn’t that microcosmic. The Jackets get a quick lead, stay consistent for most of the game, and fall in the 3rd period. Now, it’s no time to panic, but this one is a pretty rough loss. I guess the conditions were right for the Canes tonight, 3rd period comebacks typically fit in the right scenarios.
For example, the goal scorers for Carolina were the two Staal brothers. The fan favorites scored 3 goals in the 3rd in 2:39 on Sergei Bobrovsky, who, for the most part, had a solid game tonight. Sometimes the bounces just don’t go your way. Yes, stronger defense could have helped, particularly on the Jordan Staal goal, but it’s just the way it goes sometimes.
For instance, the E. Staal goal came from a failed Alex Semin attempt to cut through the defense. The puck bounced off of Ryan Johansen and landed on Staal’s stick, who took it right to the house and went 5-hole on Bob. A lucky bounce opened the door for the Canes, and that was all it took. But, knowing the Jackets, they will bounce back, and this rollercoaster season will continue. We just have to hope it ends on the top of the hill.
MY Three Stars:
1: Eric Staal- 2g, 3 shots, 19:25 TOI
2: Jordan Staal- 1g, 2 shots, 3 hits
3: R.J. Umberger- 1g, 4 shots