COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After a forgettable weekend, Anton Khudobin helped the Carolina Hurricanes get a much-needed victory on Tuesday night.
Khudobin made a career-high 46 saves and Andrei Loktionov and Patrick Dwyer each had a goal and an assist to send Carolina past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1.
Nathan Gerbe also scored, and Jay Harrison added two assists for the Hurricanes, who were criticized by coach Kirk Muller after weekend losses to Boston and Edmonton.
"In the neutral zone we did a better job of getting speed and getting on the forecheck," Carolina's Jordan Staal said.
Boone Jenner scored for Columbus, which outshot the Hurricanes 19-0 in the third period.
Carolina jumped ahead at 3:41 on its first shot. Gerbe grabbed a loose puck that defenseman Fedor Tyutin couldn't handle and on an odd-man rush and scored his 15th of the season from the right circle.
"When you score first it's always important and gives you a little confidence," Khudobin said.
"I'm happy with the win. I would probably be more happy if I didn't get scored on with like a minute left. But we got the result, we won. That's most important for me."
The Hurricanes were close to a playoff spot on Feb. 7, but they entered the game having lost nine of 12 and are likely to miss the postseason again.
The Blue Jackets are in a tight race in the Eastern Conference playoff race. They dropped a rare one at home where they are 10-3-1 in their past 14.
"It seemed we had some pretty good quality chances," Columbus coach Todd Richards said. "We hit a couple posts (during the game). We had our opportunities. I think we were doing some things to create offense. We just weren't able to finish."
Sergei Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 20 shots. He was replaced by Curtis McElhinney to start the third period.
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