National Hockey League
Carolina 3, Columbus 0
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 22, 2021
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Peter MacDougall, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen: Jesse Marquis, Jonny Murray
Attendance: 3829

Jesper Fast collected a goal and an assist, Sebastian Aho had two assists, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 19 saves as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes shut out the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday.

Brady Skjei and Martin Necas scored Carolina's other goals.

The 25-year-old Nedeljokvic recorded the second shutout of what has become a breakout season. With Petr Mrazek injured, Nedeljokic has received regular playing time and delivered a 7-2-2 record and .923 save percentage in 11 starts.

The Hurricanes ended a three-game winless streak (0-1-2). The second of the losses was in overtime to Columbus and the third was in a shootout, also against the Blue Jackets, to start the four-game series between the teams. They meet again Thursday in Columbus.

On Monday, however, the Hurricanes controlled much of the game, beginning with Skjei's goal at 9:13 of the first period. Skjei blasted home the rebound after Aho's initial shot was stopped by Columbus goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

It was Skjei's first goal of the season, and his first in 38 games as a member of the Hurricanes. The defenseman was acquired in a trade with the New York Rangers in February 2020.

At 6:39 of the second period, Fast re-directed a Brett Pesce shot to extend the Hurricanes' lead.

Necas, who was playing in his 100th NHL game, scored next. Less than three minutes after Fast's marker, Necas took a pass from Aho and buried the shot for his sixth goal of the season.

The Blue Jackets suffered their third shutout loss of the season. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Max Domi each hit the goalpost on the Jackets' best chances of the game. Korpisalo stopped 25 of 28 shots.

Aho has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) over his last 11 games.

Dougie Hamilton recorded an assist to extend his points streak to 12 games, the longest current streak in the NHL. Hamilton also broke Mark Howe's franchise record for the longest points streak by a defenseman.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Carolina   Columbus
Jesper Fast 2 Points N/A
Jesper Fast 1 Goals N/A
Sebastian Aho 2 Assists N/A
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Alex Nedeljkovic 1.000 Save Percentage Joonas Korpisalo .893
Alex Nedeljkovic 19 Saves Joonas Korpisalo 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 28 3 0-2 3-3 6 23
Columbus 19 0 0-3 2-2 4 24
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game at home against Carolina. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .474 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Columbus. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .700 after a win and .600 after a loss.