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After the ensuing faceoff at center ice, the Blue Jackets forced a turnover along the boards in the Canes’ zone. The puck eventually made its way to Umberger, who was alone in front of the net, and he scored his third goal in four games.

“We came out of the gate well; we were playing well and we went after them,” Richards said.

After scoring goals on two of their first three shots, the Blue Jackets continued to control much of the action, taking the game’s first seven shots before Carolina asserted itself.

The Hurricanes tied a season high with 17 shots in the second period.

NOTES: Columbus came into the game with the best winning percentage in Eastern Conference for the month of January (.818). … Semin extended his point streak to six games for the Hurricanes. … Carolina recalled Aaron Palushaj from Charlotte earlier on Monday. He will be eligible to play in the Hurricanes‘ game at Montreal on Tuesday.