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Carolina Hurricanes star Dougie Hamilton hurt in loss at Columbus


Dougie Hamilton (courtesy Carolina Hurricanes)

Dougie Hamilton is one of the Carolina Hurricanes top defensemen. He is a hulking figure on ice skates, standing 6’6″ and weighing 229 pounds. A very physical specimen.

He was having an All-Star year with 14 goals, 26 assists for 40 points in 47 games. Clearly, one of the MVP players for this season’s team.

However, in the game at Metropolitan Division rival Columbus on Thursday, the 26-year-old native of Toronto, suffered what looked to be a serious leg injury late in the second period.

Chasing down a puck along the near wall in the neutral zone, CBJ center Kevin Stenlund’s right leg got tangled up with Hamilton’s right skate. That resulted in an awkward spill for Hamilton, his left leg bending  under the weight of his body. The replays in the arena were horrifying. Hamilton, not putting any weight on his left leg, had to be helped off the ice and never returned to the game.

Head coach Rod Brind’Amour said that Hamilton is listed as having a lower-body injury.

His teammates obviously were shaken by seeing one of their top leaders going off the ice injured. In a tight race for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, they will surely miss a player of Hamilton’s skills.

“Big loss. He’s played so well for us this season. It’s tough,” captain Jordan Staal said during postgame interviews. “We’ve got a great D corps, and a lot of guys can come in to try to fill that big hole. We’ll get him back as soon as we can.”

“Arguably one of our best players this year. He’s our All Star. It shook everybody up seeing that happen,” LW Jordan Martinook said after the game. “It’s the cliché hockey next-man-up type thing, but that’s a lot of big minutes to find. Guys will have to step up, and hopefully we can get him back sooner rather than later.”





Blue Jackets didn’t play well, but gut out 3-2 win over Carolina; team is 24-16-8, 56 points

Fresh off IR, Cam Atkinson scored a goal. (2013 photo by Michael Miller via wikipedia commons)


Head Coach John Tortorella won his 200th game behind the Jackets bench (file photo)



Columbus: E. Bemstrom (5), C. Atkinson (10), N. Foligno (5)

Carolina: M. Necas (11), J. Staal (7)

E. Merzlikins (32 saves, W)

Carolina: P. Mrazek (15 saves, L)



  • Columbus improves to 6-1-1 in its last eight home games with the victory.  The club has outscored the opposition 25-11 over that span at Nationwide Arena.
  • The Blue Jackets are now 13-2-4 (30 pts.) in their last 19 contests, with their 30 points since Dec. 9 the most in the NHL.  The Blue Jackets are in a three-way tie with Carolina and Philadelphia with 56 points, but currently sit in the final Wild Card spot in the East due to one more game played than the Hurricanes (seventh) and having more regulation wins than the Flyers (ninth).
  • Columbus enhanced its record to 3-0-0 vs. Carolina this season.  The Blue Jackets have won four-straight games vs. the Canes and are 7-2-0 in their last nine contests vs. the team on home ice.  The two clubs will wrap their season series on Apr. 3, the ultimate game of the Jackets’ 2019-20 regular season slate.
  • Tonight’s meeting with Carolina began a stretch of three-straight games against Metro division opponents as Columbus hosts New Jersey on Saturday and play the NY Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.  Columbus has picked up points in seven-straight divisional contests (5-0-2).
  • The Blue Jackets are amidst a stretch of 14 of 16 games within the Eastern Conference from Jan. 14 to Feb. 20.  Columbus has a 12-game point streak within the conference (9-0-3).
  • The Blue Jackets boosted their record to 6-2-1 in Thursday contests this season and 25-6-2 on the weekday since Mar. 8, 2018.
  • Columbus raised its record to 9-1-4 this season when tied heading into the third period.
  • Columbus won the third period by a 2-to-1 margin and have outscored opponents 25-to-10 in third periods since Dec. 9 (19 games).  The club’s plus-15 differential in the final period in that span is the best in the NHL.
  • CBJ set a new single-game season high with 26 blocked shots in the game.  The club previously had 25 blocked shots on Dec. 12 at Pittsburgh.
  • Carolina outshot the Blue Jackets, 34-to-18 in the contest.
  • Columbus went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage in the game.
  • The Blue Jackets were 1-for-1 on the penalty kill in the contest.  They’ve now shut down the Hurricanes power play on all 24 opportunities over the last 12 meetings.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 17,900.



  • RW Cam Atkinson made his return to the lineup after a 12-game absence due to an ankle injury and produced his fourth multi-point game of the season (1-1-2).  He has 6-3-9 in his past 10 games played.  The winger has a three-game home point streak vs. Carolina (2-2-4) and 5-3-8 in his last seven games vs. the Hurricanes overall.
  • G Elvis Merzlikins notched his seventh victory while making his ninth-straight start.  Carolina’s goal 8:38 into the second period snapped his shutout streak at 166:29, just over eight periods of play and the third longest scoreless streak by a goaltender in franchise history.  Steve Mason owns the franchise record at 199:28 from Dec. 23, 2008-Jan. 2, 2009, while Sergei Bobrovsky has the second longest shutout streak at 182:50 from Mar. 2-10, 2017.
  • Merzlikins has a 3-1-1 record with a 1.32 GAA and .961 SV% in six appearances at Nationwide Arena this season.
  • RW Nick Foligno scored the game-winning goal with just 1:41 remaining in the contest and now has 1-5-6 in his last 10 contests.  The goal was his first game winner this season and 21st as a member of the Blue Jackets.
  • LW Emil Bemstrom scored on the Jackets’ first shot of the game and now has a three-game point streak (2-1-3).  He has points in the past two contests vs. Carolina (1-1-2).
  • C Alexander Wennberg had the primary assist on Atkinson’s goal, giving the Swedish forward a three-game point streak (2-1-3).  He has 1-5-6 in his last nine contests vs. Carolina.
  • D Vladislav Gavrikov had an assist on Bemstrom’s goal, giving him helpers in back-to-back games (0-2-2).  He has three assists in his last five contests and six assists on the season.
  • D Markus Nutivaara picked up his first assist of the season on Atkinson’s goal.  He scored a goal at Carolina on Oct. 12, giving him 1-1-2 in three games vs. the Canes this season.
  • Coach John Tortorella picked up his 200th win as head coach of the Blue Jackets.  He’s 200-134-35 in 369 games with the franchise since 2015 (five seasons).  He’s the 10th NHL coach all-time to reach 200 wins with two different franchises (239 wins with Tampa Bay, 2000-08).



Blue Jackets:

Coach John Tortorella | Cam Atkinson | Nick Foligno | Elvis Merzlikins | Zach Werenski


Coach Rod Brind’Amour | Jordan Martinook | Jordan Staal



Saturday, January 18 vs. New Jersey Devils – Nationwide Arena (7pm ET)

Sunday, January 19 at New York Rangers – Madison Square Garden (7pm ET)