Staal has goal, two assists for Hurricanes in win against Blue Jackets


COLUMBUS — Jordan Staal a goal and two assists for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-5 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.

Staal’s power-play goal at 5:33 of third period made it 5-4, and Dougie Hamilton increased the lead to 6-4 at 10:37 for the Hurricanes (7-2-0), who won the first of a two-game set. They play again here Monday.

Patrik Laine scored his second goal of the game for Columbus with 57 seconds left to cut it to 6-5, but the Blue Jackets could not tie it on the power play for the final 39 seconds of the period.

Brett Pesce and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist, and James Reimer made 17 saves for the Hurricanes.

Nick Foligno scored his 200th NHL goal, and Joonas Korpisalo made 20 saves for the Blue Jackets (5-5-3).

Laine scored for the second straight game, a one-timer from the top of the left circle on the power play at 10:07 of the first period to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.

Brock McGinn tied it 1-1 25 seconds later.

Riley Nash gave Columbus a 2-1 lead at 15:34 before Warren Foegele made it 2-2 at 7:23 of the second. 

Foligno gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead at 14:24 but Pesce extended his point streak to four games (goal, four assists) to make it 3-3 at 16:35. 

Trocheck put Carolina ahead 4-3 at 18:45. The Blue Jackets challenged for offside but the call stood after a video review and Columbus was given a delay of game penalty, 45 seconds of which was to be carried into the third period. 

During the intermission, the call was reversed to Trocheck being offside. The goal stood but the remainder of the penalty was cancelled.

Max Domi tied it 4-4 at 2:08 of the third period.

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