Canes Drop Preseason Opener to Columbus, 5-4

Michael Smith | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Tracking the Storm: Postgame

-- The Carolina Hurricanes opened their six-game preseason slate with a 5-4 loss to their Metropolitan Division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets. The scoring came in bunches, as Columbus jumped out to a 2-1 lead, Carolina answered with three goals and then the Blue Jackets came back with three of their own to claim victory. “The first game, I was expecting a little more bite to our game,” said Canes head coach Kirk Muller. “I would have liked to have seen a little more intensity from some of our players tonight.”

-- Jay Harrison on the team’s first preseason match: “It was a start. There are still some things to be ironed out, and the best way to do that is through playing games,” he said. “Tomorrow, we’ll come back, revisit it and continue to build.”

-- Alexander Semin potted two goals for the Hurricanes, the first of which was a power-play tally. His second, scored in the second period, was a rocket of a slap shot from the near faceoff dot.

-- Speaking of Semin, he was whistled for delay of game at the 19:27 mark of the second period for having his sweater tucked in. However strange this penalty is, it’s a new point of emphasis for officials this season. “We’re aware of it, and Semin wasn’t doing it on purpose,” Muller said. “It kind of just kept popping up.”

-- Elias Lindholm made his Hurricanes debut, recording 16:04 of ice time, with over two minutes of power play and shorthanded time each. He tallied a shot and a pair of hits and was 8-of-12 (67 percent) in the faceoff dot. “I liked his game tonight,” Muller said. “He’s smart, and he’s good in traffic. He definitely understands the game both with the puck and without.”

-- Ryan Murphy paced the team in ice time with 22:51, including nearly three minutes on the man advantage. Murphy recorded two shots and five blocks and was a plus-1. “I thought he looked calm tonight,” Muller said. “He joined the rush and went up ice at the right times. He didn’t do it recklessly.”

-- Cam Ward started his first game since March 3, as he played the entire 60 minutes and made 26 saves on 31 shots. “I think it was important for him just to get in there and get a game in,” Muller said. “There’s some work to do, but that’s expected.”

-- The Hurricanes will travel to Buffalo on Thursday, which kicks off a three-game road swing. They’ll then take on the Canadiens in Quebec City and Montreal before returning home to close out the weekend. These next three games could be the last chance a number of players have to push for a roster spot with the team. “We’re still looking for certain guys to step up,” Muller said. “You’d always like to win, but I think we’ve got to … give everyone their opportunity to perform.”
Scoring Summary
1st Period
06:51CAR PPG - Alexander Semin (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Michal Jordan (1) 1 - 0 CAR
07:22CBJ Boone Jenner (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tim Erixon (1), Marian Gaborik (1) 1 - 1 Tie
18:37CBJ Marian Gaborik (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nikita Nikitin (1), Brandon Dubinsky (1) 2 - 1 CBJ
2nd Period
02:55CAR Jeremy Welsh (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Terry (1), Michal Jordan (2) 2 - 2 Tie
04:05CAR Alexander Semin (2) Slapshot - ASST: Drayson Bowman (1), Jay Harrison (1) 3 - 2 CAR
07:23CAR Eric Staal (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jay Harrison (2), Kevin Westgarth (1) 4 - 2 CAR
13:39CBJ PPG - Ryan Johansen (1) Snap shot - ASST: Boone Jenner (1), Nick Foligno (1) 4 - 3 CAR
3rd Period
01:33CBJ Marian Gaborik (2) Snap shot - ASST: Tim Erixon (2), Brandon Dubinsky (2) 4 - 4 Tie
06:26CBJ Sean Collins (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Dubinsky (3), Nick Foligno (2) 5 - 4 CBJ
Three Stars of the Game
Marian Gaborik
Marian Gaborik
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 21:10
Alexander Semin
Alexander Semin
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: -1TOI: 19:25
Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky
G: 0Shots: 10
A: 3Hits: 4
PTS: 3PIM: 2
+/-: 3TOI: 22:48
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:17CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Holding  - 2 min against  Chris Terry
14:33CAR Eric Staal  Tripping  - 2 min against  Nikita Nikitin
2nd Period
08:05CBJ Brandon Dubinsky  Hooking  - 2 min against  Eric Staal
08:53CAR Chris Terry  Interference  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
11:00CAR Zac Dalpe  Too many men/ice - bench  - 2 min
11:16CBJ Ryan Johansen  Tripping  - 2 min against  Nathan Gerbe
13:07CAR Mike Komisarek  Holding  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
19:27CAR Alexander Semin  Delay of game  - 2 min
3rd Period
06:53CAR Kevin Westgarth  Hooking  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
09:53CAR Elias Lindholm  Delaying Game-Puck over glass  - 2 min
15:58CBJ Marian Gaborik  Tripping  - 2 min against  Jeff Skinner
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/71/4
Faceoff Wins3028
Blocked Shots249
Penalty Minutes814
5J. SkilleR00-11012:35
6N. NikitinD0110220:51
7J. JohnsonD00-11028:02
10M. GaborikR2134221:10
12R. CraigC0000010:02
17B. DubinskyC03310222:48
19R. JohansenC1003218:07
20T. ErixonD0221016:12
24D. MacKenzieC00-11014:53
34A. JoudreyC00-12014:14
38B. JennerC1122019:08
43S. CollinsC10-11010:39
51F. TyutinD00-11025:11
52K. RychelL000005:33
58D. SavardD0002022:22
62T. LarkinD001007:22
71N. FolignoL0201016:16
84A. AleardiC00-1107:01
30M. McKenna12121.00031:55
31C. McElhinney1822.81828:05
5M. KomisarekD00-23216:46
6T. GleasonD00-12018:23
7R. MurphyD0012022:51
8K. WestgarthR010028:28
12E. StaalC1013219:29
14N. GerbeC0003014:53
16E. LindholmC00-11216:04
21D. BowmanL0111017:00
22Z. DalpeC0001011:25
23J. WelshC1003013:01
28A. SeminR20-12219:25
42B. SutterL00-12011:42
44J. HarrisonD0203021:47
47M. JordanD0201019:18
53J. SkinnerL00-13017:12
58C. TerryL0101214:23
72N. BlanchardL00-1208:48
73B. BellemoreD0001017:33
30C. Ward2631.83959:04
35J. Peters00.0000:00