Hurricanes jump to early lead, beat Blue Jackets
McKegg, a 26-year-old center playing in his first game with the Hurricanes, was playing with his fifth NHL team.
Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 22 shots. McElhinney notched his first victory with Carolina during the opening week of the season at Columbus.
Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 16 shots and didn't last until the game's midway mark. After Carolina's third goal, including two that Bobrovsky got a glove on but failed to hold, Joonas Korpisalo was summoned.
Korpisalo had 14 saves.
Ferland's goal, which opened the scoring, came just after a Carolina power-play expired. The streak without converting on power plays at home stretched to 18 consecutive chances, but the Hurricanes were rewarded right afterward.
It was Ferland's 12th goal of the season, but his first tally since Nov. 21 as he missed some time because of injuries.
Hamilton scored in his second game in a row for his fifth goal of the season, blasting a shot from the top of the left circle. Right winger Saku Maenalanen assisted on the goal for his first NHL point, coming in his third career game. McKegg also assisted on the play.
McKegg's goal gave Carolina a 3-0 edge less than seven minutes into the second period.
Then the Blue Jackets, who hadn't played since Monday, came to life with goals on consecutive shifts. Bjorkstrand has three goals in a five-game stretch, while Panarin has four goals in the last six games.
This was the start of a three-game road stretch for the Blue Jackets.
--Field Level Media
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