Blue Jackets lose in Shootout, 4-3 to Carolina; gains a point and gets back in playoff race by taking 5 of 8 points from one of NHL’s best teams

MAR. 25, 2021 II VS. CAROLINA HURRICANES II NATIONWIDE ARENA II 7 PM ET

GAME AT A GLANCE

GOAL SCORERS
Columbus:
 Z. Werenski (4), PP – C. Atkinson (12), O. Bjorkstrand (12)
Carolina: 
C. Paquette (3), M. Necas (7), N. Niederreiter (14), S. Aho (14)

GOALTENDERS
Columbus: 
J. Korpisalo (29 saves, OTL)
Carolina: 
A. Nedeljkovic (33 saves, OTW)

CBJ TEAM NOTES

  • Columbus went 2-1-1 in the four-game series vs. Carolina with tonight’s overtime loss and is 3-3-1 this season against the Canes.
  • CBJ won two-of-three overtime games in the 4-game Carolina series.
  • Eight of the last 10 contests between Columbus and Carolina have been decided by a single goal.
  • CBJ moved to 12-7-2 in the last 21 meetings in the series vs Carolina since Jan. 17, 2017 and have collected points in eight of the last eleven games in the series (7-3-1).
  • The Jackets scored first for the 22nd time this season, including eight of the last 13 outings.
  • Columbus has played in 20 one-goal contests this season (10-2-8), including six of the last seven games which were each decided after regulation.
  • The club is 5-3-3 for the month of March this season and 12-4-4 in their last 20 March games overall since Mar. 24, 2019.
  • CBJ have points in nine of their last ten Thursday games (6-1-3, 6-2-3 overall).

CBJ PLAYER NOTES

·        D Seth Jones recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season while collecting his fourth career three-assist game (MR: Nov. 10, 2018 vs. NYR).  He is now tied for the team lead in assists with 16 (4-16-20).  He has points in five-of-seven games vs Carolina this season (3-6-9) and has seven points in the last five games overall (3-4-7).

·        RW Cam Atkinson tallied his fifth multi-point game of the campaign with a goal and an assist.  He is tied for most goals on the club this season (12-11-23 in 34 GP).  He has 8-6-14 in 19 home games this season.

·        D Zach Werenski scored and has three goals in the last four home games (3-1-4).  He is tied for most goals by a CBJ defensemen this season (4-10-14, 27 GP).

·        RW Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his 12th goal of the season.  He leads the club in goals (tied), assists and points with 12-16-28 in 34 games.

·        C Kevin Stenlund recorded an assist and has three points in the last four games (1-2-3, overall 5-5-10).

·        RW Patrik Laine registered his eighth assist of the campaign (9-8-17).  He has notched 15 points in 15 career games against the Hurricanes (8-7-15).

POST-GAME ZOOM INTERVIEWS

HC John Tortorella  F Nick Foligno  |  D Seth Jones  |  D Zach Werenski

CBJ UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Saturday, March 27                at Detroit – 3 pm ET at Little Caesars Arena

Sunday, March 28                   at Detroit – 3 pm ET at Little Caesars Arena

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