RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Carolina Hurricanes simply wouldn't
lose in claiming their first Stanley Cup. Now it seems they just
"It doesn't matter when it is -- it's no fun losing hockey
games," Carolina defenseman Mike Commodore said. "It was a short
summer, and it's a little different coming back so quick, but last
year's over. Don't get me wrong, it was great ... but it's over."
Fredrik Modin, Jason Chimera and Dan Fritsche scored for the
Blue Jackets (4-3), and Geoff Platt added an empty-net goal.
Columbus won its first road game of the preseason by defeating
Carolina for the second time in a six-day span.
"This is a lot bigger win than people think for us because it's
our last exhibition game," Fritsche said. "Now we're going in, we
know what we have to work on. We've got the confidence and the
Commodore scored for the Hurricanes (0-4), whose last win came
in June when they beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Cup
finals for the franchise's first championship.
In four preseason games since, the Hurricanes have been
outscored 20-10. After their latest loss, they were chided by coach
Peter Laviolette for not playing hard.
"We got destroyed in work ethic," Laviolette said.
The Blue Jackets started strong, with Modin giving Columbus an
early lead midway through the first period. Carolina goaltender Cam
Ward deflected Jaroslav Balastik's wrist shot, but Modin tapped in
the rebound at 7:48.
"We've got a lot of guys here who like to play in the corners,
and you need to do that to win on the road, especially against a
disciplined team," Columbus captain Adam Foote said.
Chimera made it 2-0 early in the second period when his
short-handed wrist shot beat Ward. Commodore pulled Carolina within
one about three minutes later when he scored a power-play goal from
just inside the blue line.
Fritsche restored the Blue Jackets' two-goal lead in the final
minute of the second period when he took a pass from Platt on a
two-on-one break and beat John Grahame for his second goal against
the Hurricanes this preseason. Platt added a short-handed empty-net
goal from behind the center line in the final minute.
Ward played about half the game for Carolina, making nine saves
and allowing two goals before giving way to Grahame -- who stopped
12 shots and allowed one goal.
The Hurricanes played short-handed after a trade earlier in the
day sent defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and top prospect Jack Johnson
to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Eric Belanger and defenseman
Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said he expects Belanger
and Gleason to join the team Saturday and skate in Sunday night's
preseason finale at Washington.
Carolina forward Justin Williams had a groin injury during the
third period and did not return. Laviolette said he wasn't sure
whether Williams will be available against the Capitals.