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Staal brothers’ late surge erases two-goal deficit vs Blue Jackets

Jan 27, 2014, 9:44 PM EST

The Columbus Blue Jackets held a two-goal lead for 48:36 minutes, but they still came up short Monday night.

After Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger each found the back of the net within 17 seconds of each other early in the first period, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky went about the task of shutting down the Carolina Hurricanes.

His efforts were successful until midway through the first period when Eric Staal scored two goals within the span of a minute:

Less than two minutes later, Elias Lindholm won a battle for the puck at the neutral zone, allowing Jordan Staal to maneuver around defenseman Ryan Murray and find the back of the net. Carolina held on after that to earn a 3-2 victory.

Carolina has jumped ahead of Columbus in the battle for third place in the Metropolitan Division. As the Atlantic Division currently controls both of the conference’s Wild Card spots, that means the Blue Jackets have lost their playoff spot entirely.

Columbus will try to bounce back tomorrow against Ottawa while Carolina simultaneously plays in Montreal.

  1. storminator16 - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Jackets took their foot off the gas in the 2nd period. Canes have been making a habit of waking up from their pre-game nap by the beginning of the 3rd period, tonight was no different. Would be nice if this becomes a rivalry.

  2. valoisvipers - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    The Blue Jackets drive has been Staalled.

  3. lowenni - Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Jordan Staal’s goal was beautiful. Great two-way player, but still overrated offensively however I think. But great goal.

  4. LampyB - Jan 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

    J. staal may be overrated offensively, but he normally has a terrible +/- to defensively to go with it…

  5. 2qswing - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    This was tough to take but props to the canes for the comeback. WE stole one from them a couple weeks ago and they returned the favor. Just cant help thinking if we (jackets) miss out of the playoffs like last year by one point again, this is one of those games you look back on. This and the 3rd period meltdown in Philly earlier this season. Oh well, see you at Nationwide tonight for the Sens.

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