RALEIGH — Cam Atkinson scored three goals and assisted on another as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 Saturday night for their fifth victory in six games.
Atkinson stretched his goal-scoring streak to four games and Artemi Panarin contributed three assists as the Blue Jackets (12-6-2) broke a six-game skid against Metropolitan Division rival Carolina (8-8-3).
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to earn the win.
Sebastian Aho scored his sixth goal of the season 6:05 into the second period for the Hurricanes, cutting their deficit to 2-1 with a wraparound that slid just inside the far post. Just 1:17 later, Atkinson backhanded a pass to Zach Werenski in the slot for a wrister that beat Scott Darling on the glove side.
Atkinson completed his fifth career hat trick 3:58 later on a power play with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle to the left of Darling, increasing Columbus’ lead to 4-1.
Atkinson has six of his team-high 12 goals in the last four games.
Panarin assisted on all three of Atkinson’s goals and leads the Blue Jackets with 16 assists and 21 points. Pierre-Luc Dubois added two assists for Columbus, which played penalty-free hockey for the first 34 minutes.
Bobrovsky preserved the three-goal lead by stopping Jordan Martinook on a breakaway while Carolina was short-handed early in the third period. Later, Dougie Hamilton clanged a shot off the far post behind Bobrovsky.
The Hurricanes are 2-5-2 in their last nine games. Columbus’ only loss in the past 13 days came in a shootout against the New York Rangers last Saturday.
NOTES: Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was scratched because of a personal matter. ... Aho extended his point streak to four games. ... This was the third game of a six-game homestand for Carolina.
BLUE JACKETS 4, HURRICANES 1
Columbus 1 3 0 — 4
Carolina 0 1 0 — 1
First Period–1, Columbus, Atkinson 10 (Panarin, Dubois), 11:54.
Second Period–2, Columbus, Atkinson 11 (Panarin), 1:57. 3, Carolina, Aho 6 (van Riemsdyk), 6:05. 4, Columbus, Werenski 4 (Atkinson, Panarin), 7:22. 5, Columbus, Atkinson 12 (Dubois, Wennberg), 11:20 (pp).
Shots on Goal–Columbus 8-11-5–24. Carolina 9-10-12–31.
Power-play opportunities–Columbus 1 of 5; Carolina 0 of 3.
Goalies–Columbus, Bobrovsky 7-6-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Carolina, Darling 2-3-1 (24-20).
A–13,040 (18,680). T–2:24.