Hurricanes knock off Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jordan Staal had two goals, Cam Ward made 25 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night.

Staal snapped a 1-1 tie 8:54 into the third period when he beat Sergei Bobrovsky from the slot, helping the Hurricanes (6-5-3) to their second straight win.

Teuvo Teravainen assisted on each of Staal's goals, and Brock McGinn got an empty-net goal with 25 seconds left.

Brandon Dubinsky scored for Columbus (9-7-1), and Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots in the Blue Jackets' fourth straight loss. Columbus' power play, the worst in the NHL, continued to be ineffective with no goals in two chances.

Dubinsky put Columbus in front in the first period. Tyler Motte grabbed a loose rebound in the defensive zone and fired a long pass that Dubinsky carried in and stuffed past Ward with a backhand. It was Dubinsky's second goal of the season, giving him four points in the last four games.

Staal tied it with his fifth of the season 3:50 into the second period, thanks to some sloppy puck-handling by Columbus that allowed Carolina to keep it in the zone. Staal was waiting at the doorstep to tip in a pass from Noah Hanifin, who had faked a slap shot and drew Bobrovsky out of position.

NOTES: Ward replaced Scott Darling on the first night of a back-to-back. Darling will face the Blackhawks, his old team, on Saturday night. ... Carolina D Brett Pesce was back in the lineup after missing three games due to a concussion. ... Columbus C Zac Dalpe missed his second game with an upper-body injury. ... Hanifin has four assists in the past three games. ... C Patrick Brown, F Lee Stempniak and D Klas Dahlbeck were scratches for Carolina. ... In addition to Dalpe, Columbus scratched D Scott Harrington and D Gabriel Carlsson.


Hurricanes: Host Chicago on Saturday.

Blue Jackets: Visit Detroit on Saturday.

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