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Marchenko hat trick lifts Blue Jackets over Hurricanes 4-3

NEXT | Columbus will visit Washington on Sunday night.
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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kirill Marchenko, left, scores behind Carolina Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta (32) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kirill Marchenko recorded his first career hat trick and scored in a shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Saturday in a matchup of the Metropolitan Division’s best and worst teams.

Carolina, which sits atop the division, has now lost three straight.

Patrik Laine scored in the shootout, and Kent Johnson added the shootout game-winner and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who won for just the second time in their last 11 games. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 39 shots.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and Brady Skjei scored on the power play for Carolina. Antti Raanta stopped 15 shots in his first loss since Nov. 17.

After a scoreless first, Marchenko put Columbus up 1-0 with the second power-play goal of his career at 7:26 of the second period, and he made it 2-0 just 1:36 later.

Carolina then roared back.

Pacioretty scored his first Hurricane goal, with a lucky bounce off a Blue Jacket leg that pinballed past Korpisalo at 11:20 before Skjei pulled them even with a power-play goal at 17:18. Pacioretty scored again at 18:56 on the power play.

Marchenko pulled Columbus back even at 5:23 of the third with his third goal of the night.


Carolina: Hosts New Jersey on Tuesday night.

Columbus: Visits Washington on Sunday night.

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