Gerbe's late goal gives Hurricanes win over Jackets

Nathan Gerbe scored his second goal of the game with 38 seconds left in regulation to give the Hurricanes a victory at Nationwide Arena.

Gerbe deked from forehand to backhand to easily beat Sergei Bobrovsky for the game-winner. He had tied the game at 18:04 of the second period when he came out of the corner and squeezed a shot past last season's Vezina Trophy winner.

Nikita Nikitin scored the lone goal for Columbus, one-timing a feed by Jack Skille behind Cam Ward 13:20 into the game.

Ward finished with 25 saves. Bobrovsky stopped 21 shots.

"There wasn't a lot of intensity out there, for either side," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after his team's preseason finale. "I think it was players knowing it was the last exhibition game, and wanting to get through it."

Carolina ends its preseason Friday night at home against the Buffalo Sabres. The Blue Jackets are idle until they open the season at home against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 4.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
13:20CBJ Nikita Nikitin (1) Snap shot - ASST: Jack Skille (1), Sean Collins (1) 1 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
18:04CAR Nathan Gerbe (1) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
19:22CAR Nathan Gerbe (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Jordan Staal (1) 2 - 1 CAR
Three Stars of the Game
Nathan Gerbe
Nathan Gerbe
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 18:13
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 26TOI: 59:56
GA: 1
PIM: 0
SV%: .962
Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky
G: 0Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:01
Penalty Summary
1st Period
06:43CAR Andrej Sekera  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brandon Dubinsky
2nd Period
02:24CBJ Nikita Nikitin  Tripping  - 2 min against  Drayson Bowman
06:41CBJ R.J. Umberger  Tripping  - 2 min against  Nathan Gerbe
06:41CAR Nathan Gerbe  Diving  - 2 min against  R.J. Umberger
13:15CAR Jiri Tlusty  Hooking  - 2 min against  Boone Jenner
3rd Period
10:45CAR Eric Staal  Slashing  - 2 min against  Dalton Prout
13:01CBJ James Wisniewski  Interference  - 2 min against  Brett Sutter
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/20/3
Faceoff Wins2731
Blocked Shots913
Penalty Minutes86
4A. SekeraD0010223:57
7R. MurphyD00-10018:00
8K. WestgarthR000006:04
11J. StaalC0111020:19
12E. StaalC0000218:05
14N. GerbeC2014218:13
18R. DvorakR0001014:28
19J. TlustyL0004217:33
20R. NashC0001016:02
21D. BowmanL0003013:45
23J. WelshC000006:02
27J. FaulkD0012024:47
39P. DwyerR0113016:19
42B. SutterL000008:24
44J. HarrisonD0002015:40
58C. TerryL0002016:29
65R. HainseyD0000022:06
73B. BellemoreD0010015:51
30C. Ward2526.96259:56
31A. Khudobin00.0000:00
5J. SkilleR011008:09
6N. NikitinD1004219:56
7J. JohnsonD00-13023:27
14B. ComeauL0002018:56
17B. DubinskyC0002020:01
18R. UmbergerC00-11218:01
19R. JohansenC0000019:00
21J. WisniewskiD0005221:29
27R. MurrayD0000017:31
36J. MarchessaultC00-1208:44
38B. JennerC0002015:55
39M. ChaputC0001012:41
42A. AnisimovC00-1009:22
43S. CollinsC011008:14
47D. ProutD0001015:55
51F. TyutinD00-13022:35
55M. LetestuC00-10019:28
71N. FolignoL00-10015:04
35J. Smith00.0000:00
72S. Bobrovsky2123.91359:32