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January 27, 2014

Blue Jackets @ Canes

The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at PNC Arena.

The Blue Jackets got rapid-fire goals from Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger early in the game and lead 2-0 after the first two periods as goalie Sergei Bobrovsky continues to frustrate the Canes.

The first 10 minutes of the opening period belonged to the Jackets -- and were the Canes at their worst. The Jackets were quicker to the puck, stronger on the puck and more decisive with the puck. They also outworked and out skated the Canes.

MacKenzie scored his third goal in the past three games at 2:25 of the first after Fedor Tyutin had an attempt ricochet off the metal. Seventeen seconds later, the Jackets made it 2-0 after a Canes turnover in the Carolina zone as Umberger took a pass from Ryan Johansen in the low slot and beat Canes goalie Anton Khudobin.

The Jackets continued to mount offensive pressure, forcing Khudobin into stops on good shots by Umberger and James Wisniewski as Columbus took a 7-1 shooting edge,

The Canes had the only power play of the first period, after Nathan Horton slashed Jeff Skinner, but managed just one shot. But a strong shift by the Canes' fourth line appeared to finally give them some energy in the final minutes of the first.

The Canes best scoring chance of the opening period came with 35 seconds left. Jordan Staal centered a pass from the left corner to defenseman Mike Komisarek crashing the net, forcing Bobrovsky to make a key stop.

Both the Canes and Jackets had seven shots in the opening period, and Carolina had a 17-8 edge in the second.

In a power play late in the second, the Canes had seven shots. Skinner got off a couple, John-Michael Liles and Andrej Sekerea had shots from the point and Eric Staal was just wide of the post with a tip.

The Jackets' Nick Foligno had an open net with 12 minutes left in the second but hit the crossbar as he tried to lift the puck over Khudobin.

Bobrovsky had 36 saves in a 3-0 win over the Canes on Jan. 10 in Columbus.

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