National Hockey League
Columbus 3, Carolina 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 20, 2021
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Jon McIsaac, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 2924

Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in regulation and netted the winner in the shootout as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the host Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

The Hurricanes suffered their third straight loss and had their streak of 10 straight shootout victories snapped, the third-longest in NHL history.

Seth Jones also scored for the Blue Jackets, who extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins made 35 saves and stopped three of four shootout attempts.

Warren Foegele and Andrei Svechnikov scored in regulation for the Hurricanes. James Reimer stopped 29 of 31 shots.

Carolina's Dougie Hamilton scored in the first round of the shootout, but the Blue Jackets' Patrik Laine tied it with the final shot in the third round to send it to extra frames.

Hamilton appeared to win the game for the Hurricanes with a power-play goal with 2:46 remaining in overtime, but a video review determined the play was offside.

The Blue Jackets tied the score with their net empty and 28.4 seconds left in regulation. Jones, who scored twice in a 3-2 win Thursday night in the series opener between the teams, tallied on a wrist shot from the top of the right faceoff circle, beating Reimer high to the stick side.

The Hurricanes held a 1-0 lead going into the third on Svechnikov's goal at 14:29 of the second as he tipped a rebound out of midair and past Merzlikins.

The Blue Jackets tied it just 39 seconds into the third. There was a battle for the puck along the left-wing boards and it squirted free and straight to Bjorkstrand, who drove to the net. Reimer stopped the shot but the rebound bounced off Hamilton's skate and into the net.

Foegele gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead at 15:47 of the third, tapping in the rebound of Hamilton's rebound from the point.

The teams will travel to Columbus for games Monday and Thursday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Carolina
Oliver Bjorkstrand 1 Points Warren Foegele 1
Oliver Bjorkstrand 1 Goals Warren Foegele 1
Patrik Laine 1 Assists Jesper Fast 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Elvis Merzlikins .946 Save Percentage James Reimer .935
Elvis Merzlikins 35 Saves James Reimer 29
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 31 3 0-2 2-2 4 28
Carolina 37 2 0-2 2-2 4 32
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Columbus. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .556 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .474 after a loss.