COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Carolina Hurricanes fell 6-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the two teams’ preseason matchup at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday.
The two teams had met on Sept. 21 in Raleigh when the Blue Jackets claimed a 4-3 victory back then.
Carolina forward Victor Rask scored twice and assisted on defenseman Michal Jordan’s goal, but it wasn’t enough as Columbus managed to outshoot the Hurricanes 32-26, putting five pucks past starting goaltender Anton Khudobin and an empty-netter to earn the win.
“He was real good tonight,” Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters said of the rookie Rask.
“That line was good and Victor was a big reason why. He continues to do good things on a consistent basis.”
Carolina held a 2-1 lead following Jordan’s goal at the 12:13 mark of the second period, but Columbus tied it at 2-2 on Matt Calvert’s second goal of the game, and the teams headed into the final period all square.
While Rask scored his second of the game on the power play with Nathan Gerbe (2a) assisting midway through the third, the Blue Jackets’ four goals during the period helped to outdistance themselves from the Hurricanes and earn the final 6-3 decision.
“It was a little bit inconsistent,” Peters said.
“I thought we had a good start. I thought we had a good second period…A few mistakes, youthful mistakes – that’s gonna’ happen.”
Though the Hurricanes suffered their second loss in consecutive days and fifth out of the six preseason games they have played to date, the power play showed production with a 1-for-3 finish thanks to Rask’s tally.
Still carrying 36 players in training camp and having provided ample opportunity for all players to get ice time to be evaluated in preseason games, Peters indicated that further cuts would be forthcoming.
“I think we’ll make some moves here, either tonight or tomorrow, and get our camp down to a more manageable number and practice as one group,” he said.
“I think that will help us.”
Carolina now prepares for its next preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Arena on Friday.