This was a learning lesson.
Also, the Blue Jackets’ 5-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena felt all too familiar, reminiscent of five losses last season in eight games of divisional play.
Columbus went 3-3-2 in those matchups, which wasn’t the Jackets’ worst head-to-head result within a realigned Central Division, but the difference between them and the Hurricanes was significant. After three more periods this season, not much has changed other than Blue Jackets’ roster — which has gotten even younger and less experienced.© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Carolina Hurricanes celebrate after center Jordan Staal (11) scores during the second period of the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
“We’ve obviously seen them quite a bit in the past,” said Blue Jackets captain Boone Jenner, who scored the lone goal for Columbus on a power play in the second period. “We know what kind of team they are and how they play. They’re really aggressive and we know that.”
It just didn’t matter.
Despite undergoing significant changes of their own, the Hurricanes (4-0-0) kept right on steamrolling into the new season and gave the Blue Jackets another harsh lesson in how not to play against them.
Vincent Trocheck led the Carolina attack with three points on two goals and one assist, Jordan Staal added a goal and assist, Andrei Svechnikov finished with a pair of assists and Frederik Andersen was outstanding in net with a 27-save victory.
Sebastian Aho and Jesper Fast also scored for the Hurricanes, who went 3 of 6 on power plays.
“You can’t put a team like that on the power play as many times as we did,” Blue Jackets coach Brad Larsen said. “You’ve got to play them 5-on-5 at the very least and then try to produce on your own power play.”
Columbus went 1 of 4 on power plays and cut Carolina’s lead to 2-1 on Jenner’s goal at 7:19 of the second, but the Hurricanes responded with a power-play goal of their own late in the period.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Blue Jackets on Monday. After a day off, they will host the Dallas Stars — whom they went 3-4-1 against last season.
Stick infractions troublesome for Blue Jackets
Columbus was called for six penalties and all six were committed with their sticks. Three were high-sticking calls, including a double-minor on Vladislav Gavrikov that led to the Hurricanes’ first power-play goal, and the other two were hooking minors.
That’s usually the sign of a team struggling under heavy pressure while getting outskated, which was the case on most of the calls.
“We got three high-sticking penalties tonight,” Larsen said. “One was a double-minor. You’re just shooting yourself in the foot.”
One of the hooking minors, assessed to Jakub Voracek late in the second, looked like a perfectly-executed stick lift against Teuvo Teravainen. Instead, it drew a whistle and Staal’s goal capped the power play for a 3-1 lead.
“We were in it there in the second,” Larsen said. “The call, whether I agree or disagree, that was a tough time. And then they get that goal to put them up to 3-1. Would’ve been nice to get out of there 2-1 or have a chance to get it to 2-2 before the end of the period, but that’s how it goes and we just couldn’t get our footing from there.”© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Patrik Laine (29) holds the puck against the boards looking for a pass while Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brady Skjei (76) attempts to defend during the first period of the NHL game at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
Bean, Gavrikov miscues put Blue Jackets in early hole
Carolina built a 2-0 lead in the first with assistance from Blue Jackets defensemen Jake Bean and Vladislav Gavrikov, who made costly mistakes that led to both goals.
Bean, who played his first full NHL campaign last season for the Hurricanes, had a pass attempt behind his own net picked off by Staal and saw it quickly turn into the game’s first goal by Fast. Neither Bean nor defense partner Zach Werenski could break up Staal’s feed from outside the right goal post and Fast banged home the shot.
About six minutes later, Gavrikov committed his double-minor for high-sticking in the offensive zone. Trailing Nino Niederreiter, Gavrikov's stick came up and drew blood while clipping the Hurricane forward's mouth. Trocheck made it 2-0 just six seconds after the ensuing faceoff in the Columbus zone.
Boone Jenner powers in another PPG
Patrik Laine was supposed to be the biggest benefactor of Voracek rejoining the Blue Jackets. Five games into the season, it’s Jenner who’s getting the biggest lift.
Laine has yet to score on a power play, but Jenner scored his third on a man-advantage to increase his season goal total to four.
His latest, scored with a 5-on-3 advantage, cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 2-1 at 7:19 of the second. Jenner poked it past Andersen from the front of the crease just 11 seconds after Carolina’s Brett Pesce held Voracek and joined Tony DeAngelo in the penalty box.
“There’s some chemistry there,” Larsen said of his top power-play unit. “They were going against a pretty good penalty kill too. You’ve got to fight for your chances there, and Boone scored right where he likes to score, about two inches from the blue (paint). It’s what he’s good at.”
Voracek and Laine got assists, giving Voracek his fifth point of the season (all assists). It was also his 100th assist with the Blue Jackets, whom the veteran rejoined in July in a trade that sent Cam Atkinson to the Philadelphia Flyers.© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) scores during the second period of the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal dominates Blue Jackets again
Carolina’s third line gave Columbus problems after harassing the Jackets in the majority of the eight games last season. The biggest troublemaker, literally, was the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Staal, a powerful center who throws his weight around effectively and has skill to go with it.
Staal, who had a 3-3-6 scoring line against the Jackets last season, notched his goal and assist before the third period. He also won 62% of his 13 faceoffs and was a problem for whichever forwards the Blue Jackets sent out to oppose him.© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (70) tracks the puck during the second period of the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
Korpisalo unable to hold off Hurricanes’ surge
Korpisalo fell to 0-2-0 in his second start, but couldn’t have done much about the majority the Hurricanes’ five goals. Two of the power-play goals were off bad bounces, including a deflection off Trocheck’s body to make it 2-0 and an accidental bump of the puck with his own heel on Staal’s tally in the second.
Korpisalo was beaten clean on a long wrist shot by Aho in the third, making it 4-1 on yet another power play, but Trocheck’s fifth goal was off a quick redirection to cap a Hurricanes’ rush late in the game. There wasn't much he could do with that one either.
In fact, it could’ve been a wider margin of defeat had Korpisalo not made several huge stops, including one sliding left to right to soak up Martin Necas’ one-timer during a Carolina power play in the second.
Blue Jackets quotes
“You’ve got to feel that pressure. That’s different. (The New York Islanders) play a different way than how these guys play. That’s a really good hockey team we played tonight and when they play like that, they make you make plays. They fight for their ice and they skate really well. They’ve got high speed, high skill. ... you can’t give them anything for free." — Larsen on the challenge of playing the Hurricanes.
“You’ll have to ask the refs about those ... I don’t call them. But they skated well." — Gustav Nyquist on whether Carolina's relentless pressure forced the Blue Jackets into taking six stick penalties.
“We want to be a difference-maker. We talk a lot about (how in) big moments of the game, we want to be there for us, to get us back in the game. We had a couple chances in the third. Wish we would’ve gotten one and gotten back into it.” — Jenner on the success of the Blue Jackets' top power play unit.© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Jakub Voracek (93) attempts a wrap-around goal during the first period of the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
Blue Jackets' three stars
Boone Jenner, center
The veteran pivot logged 19:34, put four shots on goal and scored the Jackets’ lone goal on a power play in the second.
Jakub Voracek, right wing
Voracek was called for a key penalty that led to the Hurricanes increasing their lead to 3-1 late in the second, but replays showed that it shouldn’t have drawn a whistle. The veteran winger also sent a nice feed to Jenner for the Jackets’ lone goal, which was his 100th assist as a Blue Jacket.
Joonas Korpisalo, goalie
Korpisalo’s defense did him no favor, but the Finnish netminder was still able to make some jaw-dropping saves to keep the Jackets close through two periods.© Nicolas Galindo/The Columbus Dispatch Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) makes a save during the second period of the NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio Oct. 23.
Blue Jackets and Hurricanes lines, defense pairings
Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Sebastian Aho – Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov – Vincent Trocheck – Martin Necas
Nino Niederreiter – Jordan Staal – Jesper Fast
Jordan Martinook – Derek Stepan – Steven Lorentz
Jaccob Slavin – Ethan Bear
Brady Skjei – Brett Pesce
Ian Cole – Tony DeAngelo
Scratched: Brendan Smith, Seth Jarvis
Injured: Jake Gardiner (upper body), Jamieson Rees (right knee)
Patrik Laine – Boone Jenner – Jakub Voracek
Gustav Nyquist – Cole Sillinger – Oliver Bjorkstrand
Alexandre Texier – Jack Roslovic – Yegor Chinakhov
Eric Robinson – Sean Kuraly – Gregory Hofmann
Zach Werenski – Jake Bean
Vladislav Gavrikov – Adam Boqvist
Scott Harrington – Andrew Peeke
Scratched: Justin Danforth, Dean Kukan, Gabriel Carlsson
Injured: Max Domi (fractured rib)
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Columbus Blue Jackets unable to withstand Carolina Hurricanes' offensive surge
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