In a thrilling Sunday matchup, the Carolina Hurricanes orchestrated a stunning comeback against the Columbus Blue Jackets, scoring three goals within an 8:04 span in the third period to clinch a 3-2 victory.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi initiated the Hurricanes’ resurgence by narrowing the gap to 2-1 at 9:59, followed by Brady Skjei’s tying goal with 3:09 remaining. The game-winning moment came with just 1:55 left on the clock when Andrei Svechnikov, making a triumphant return from a major knee injury that kept him out of the first eight games, netted his first goal of the season. Svechnikov also contributed with an assist in a pivotal play that sealed the comeback.

According to a report by AP News, Carolina’s head coach, Rod Brind’Amour, strategically altered the line combinations, pairing Svechnikov with Sebastian Aho, ultimately igniting the team’s rally. Reflecting on the victory, Svechnikov expressed both relief and confidence, stating, “It was the right time and the right moment in a huge win for us.”

In the absence of regular goaltender Frederik Andersen due to blood-clotting issues, Pyotr Kochetkov showcased his skills by stopping 21 shots in his third start within four games. Johnny Gaudreau, with a goal and assist, and Kirill Marchenko, who scored 13 seconds into the third period, were key contributors for the Blue Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins made an impressive 40 saves in the losing effort.

The Hurricanes’ next challenge lies in a Tuesday night away game against the Philadelphia Flyers, while the Blue Jackets prepare to host the Boston Bruins on Monday night.



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