Not wanting to tamper with success, the Carolina Hurricanes went with the same lineup for a fourth straight game Saturday.
That meant a fourth start in net for goalie Frederik Andersen.
For the fourth straight time, it clicked. The Canes raced past the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5-1 road win at Nationwide Arena, scoring three times on the power play and getting another coolly efficient game from Andersen.
Vincent Trocheck scored twice, the first on the power play, and Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho also had power-play strikes. Jesper Fast added an even-strength goal for the Canes (4-0-0), who won for the third time on the road.
Trocheck added an assist for a three-point night and Andrei Svechnikov had two assists with another active game.
The Blue Jackets (3-2-0) picked up a 5-on-3 power-play score from Boone Jenner in the second. But Andersen, staying calm in net, made some sparking saves later in the period and again when pressured in the third and finished with 27 saves.
Staal, who had a powerful game, jammed the puck past goalie Joonas Korpisalo for the Canes’ third goal and his first of the season. Staal also set up Fast for his score in the first.
The Blue Jackets made a strong push in the third, but Aho’s power-play strike, on a quick release from the slot, made it 4-1.
Hurricanes jump on the Jackets
The Canes put the puck in the Columbus net three times in the first period in taking the 2-0 lead.