Series (Game 1 of 2)

Columbus leads 2-0

Game 1: Sunday, September 24th
Blue Jackets4
Game 2: Friday, September 29th
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Hurricanes 2

(0-2-1, 1 pts)

Blue Jackets 4

(3-3-0, 6 pts)

6:00 PM ET, September 24, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
CAR 0 1 12
CBJ 0 0 44

R. Nash (LW):

B. Holzinger (C):

A. Eriksson (D):

Columbus 4, Carolina 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash scored twice to help the Columbus Blue Jackets keep the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes winless in the preseason with a 4-2 win Sunday night.

Dan Fritsche and Geoff Platt also scored for Columbus (3-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Pascal Leclaire stopped 27 shots.

Justin Williams and Rod Brind'Amour scored for Carolina (0-3). John Grahame made 25 saves.

Williams' shot from the right circle skimmed off Leclaire's glove on the power play to open the scoring at 5:09 of the second period.

Fritsche beat Grahame with a shot from the low slot at 2:27 of the third period to tie the game. Nash scored hits first goal just 1:37 later to make it 2-1.

Brind'Amour tied it at 9:03 of third period, jamming home a rebound for another Hurricanes power-play goal.

Columbus responded 54 seconds later when Platt slid home a centering pass from Alexandre Picard.

Nash capped the scoring with an empty net goal.

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