Blue Jackets rally to edge Hurricanes
Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 12:57 AM
Alexander Semin had two goals for the Hurricanes, but goaltender Cam Ward was beaten five times on 31 shots. Jeremy Welsh and Eric Staal also scored for Carolina. Jay Harrison and Michal Jordan each had two assists.
"It was a start. There are still some things to be ironed out, and the best way to do that is through playing games," Harrison said. "Tomorrow, we'll come back, revisit it and continue to build."
Rookie center Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist and defenseman Tim Erixon had two assists for Columbus. Curtis McElhinney stopped 18 of 22 shots before being replaced midway through the game by Mike McKenna, who stopped all 12 shots he faced.
Carolina built a 4-2 lead before Columbus responded with three unanswered goals. Ryan Johansen cut the deficit in half via the power play at 13:39 of the second before Gaborik tied it 93 seconds into the third. Sean Collins scored what proved to be the game-winner with 13:34 left in regulation.
"We started to unravel a little bit, but I liked how we got ourselves under control and found our composure," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said.
Tampa Bay Lightning 4, St. Louis Blues 3 (SO)
Valtteri Filppula and Adam Erne scored in the shootout as the Lightning rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat St. Louis at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
Dmitrij Jaskin scored twice for the Blues, who took a 3-0 lead on Jaden Schwartz's goal at 15:56 of the second period. Brian Elliott made 24 saves in the loss.
Erne scored two power-play goals in regulation to help the Lightning mount a comeback. Erne made it 3-1 at 18:46 of the second before cutting the deficit in half 1:31 into the third. Tom Pyatt tied it with an even-strength goal at 9:11.
"I think we lost energy in the third period," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We made tired plays with the puck, we made mistakes killing penalties. Two games in a row, we've made a lot of mistakes killing penalties. We've got people who don't ever kill penalties killing penalties. We made a lot of errors 5-on-4. Our 5-on-5 play, we generated quite a bit."
Cedrick Desjardins started in goal for Tampa Bay before being relieved by Kristers Gudlevskis.
Dallas Stars 3, Florida Panthers 2 (SO)
Alex Chiasson and Jamie Benn each scored in the shootout as Dallas edged Florida at American Airlines Center.
Cody Eakin and Jamie Benn scored 30 seconds apart late in the second period to give the Stars a 2-0 lead. Kari Lehtonen started in goal and stopped all 10 shots he faced.
"I think the biggest part is that we want to keep getting better each and every game for these exhibition games that we have," Benn said. "We definitely cleaned it up a bit this game; we played pretty well. We scored a power-play goal, probably gave up a lead that we shouldn't have, but we won in the shootout, which is the biggest thing."
The Panthers rallied in the third period on late goals 14 seconds apart by Drew Shore and Scottie Upshall. Jacob Markstrom went the distance for Florida and made 28 saves.
"We battled back and I think that's especially important this early in the year," Shore said. "It shows a lot of character in that room."
Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 12 of 14 shots for the Stars.
Anaheim Ducks 2, Colorado Avalanche 1
Hampus Lindholm's power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie with 5:56 left in regulation to lift Anaheim past Colorado at Pepsi Center in Patrick Roy's debut as an NHL coach.
Devante Smith-Pelly also scored for the Ducks. John Gibson earned the victory by stopping all 18 shots he faced in relief of Frederik Andersen, who made nine saves.
Paul Stastny gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead 13:15 into the game by tipping Alex Tanguay's shot past Andersen.
"We worked hard and I thought we competed well," Roy said. "Defensively we were good."
Semyon Varlamov stopped 22 of 24 shots for Colorado.
Edmonton Oilers 4, Vancouver Canucks 1
Jordan Eberle had a goal and two assists and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves to lead Edmonton past Vancouver at Rogers Arena.
"In preseason, the biggest thing you can do is get some confidence for the regular season," Eberle said. "The puck was going in tonight."
Martin Maricin contributed a goal and an assist for the Oilers, who also received two assists apiece from Boyd Gordon and Brad Hunt. Jesse Joensuu and David Perron also scored for Edmonton, which scored all of its goals in the first 12:24 of the game against Roberto Luongo.
"We came out flying at the start and didn't give them a chance to come back," Dubnyk said. "That's what we have to do every game."
Brendan Gaunce had the lone goal for Vancouver, which came 42 seconds after Joensuu gave the Oilers a 4-0 lead.