Blue Jackets beat Hurricanes in exhibition opener
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Cam Atkinson scored twice and Anton Forsberg made 29 saves to help a Columbus Blue Jackets split squad beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Sunday in the exhibition opener for both teams.
Carolina held center Eric Staal out of the lineup. Staal, who had offseason surgery to repair a core muscle injury, participated in the first days of preseason camp.
Atkinson tied it at 1 on a breakaway with 5:19 left in the first period, and Foligno gave the Blue Jackets the lead off a rebound in front of goalie Cam Ward with 2:15 to go in the period.
Hoeffel made it 3-1 at 3:37 of the second, beating Ward with a wrist shot from the slot. Nash brought Carolina within a goal 25 seconds later when he beat Forsberg on a rebound from the left post.
Ward left the game with 9:13 remaining in the second period after making 10 saves. Rookie Alex Nedeljkovic allowed Atkinson's goal at 12:10 on the first shot he faced.
Terry added Carolina's second power-play goal with 7:52 left in the third.
Carolina opened the scoring on Sekera's power-play goal at 7:33 of the first.