Bjorkstrand scores in SO, Blue Jackets rally past Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the fourth round of the shootout to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Bjorkstrand and Seth Jones scored third-period goals for the Blue Jackets, whose only lead in the game came on the last attempt in the shootout. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 35 shots for Columbus.

Andrei Svechnikov and Warren Foegele scored in regulation for the Hurricanes, who dropped their third straight game following an eight-game winning streak. Goalie James Reimer made 29 saves.

Carolina’s Dougie Hamilton began the shootout with a goal. With Columbus down to its last chance, Patrik Laine converted to extend.

The Hurricanes appeared to win in overtime on a Hamilton power-play tally with 2:46 remaining in the session. But that was wiped out on a review because of offsides.

Jones tied the game with 28.4 seconds left in regulation. He had two goals, including the overtime winner, when the teams met two nights earlier.

Foegele scored with 4:13 remaining in the third period to put Carolina back on top. Foegele dove between Merzlikins and Columbus defenceman David Savard and knocked the puck into the net.

Hamilton’s assist on the play pushed his points streak to 11 games, marking the longest active string in the NHL.

Svechnikov, who produced his first goal in seven games, opened the scoring with his first even-strength goal since Feb. 16.

The Blue Jackets pulled even 39 seconds into the second period. Bjorkstrand’s shot bounced around before going off Hamilton’s skate and into the net.

The Blue Jackets have played in five straight games that have gone beyond regulation.

THIS IS THE YEAR

Reimer’s record dipped to 12-4-1 this season. That includes a 2-0-1 mark against the Blue Jackets.

Until this year, Reimer was just 2-8-2 all-time vs. Columbus.

KEEPING UP WITH JONES

Jones has three of his four goals this season during a two-game stretch across three nights in Raleigh.

The defenceman hadn’t scored in any of his previous career 27 outings against the Hurricanes.

Jones was called for a high-sticking penalty in overtime that led to Carolina’s power play.

UP NEXT

The teams meet twice next week. Columbus heads for its only two home games during an eight-game stretch with matchups with the Hurricanes on Monday and Thursday nights.

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Bob Sutton, The Associated Press