Pascal Leclaire stops 25 shots as Blue Jackets beat Hurricanes 4-1

Fredrik Modin, Jason Chimera and Dan Fritsche scored for the Blue Jackets (4-3), and Geoff Platt added an empty-net goal. Columbus won its first road game of the pre-season by defeating Carolina for the second time in a six-day span.

Mike Commodore scored for Carolina (0-4), which hasn’t won since beating the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Cup finals three months ago for the franchise’s first championship. In their four pre-season games, the Hurricanes have been outscored 20-10.

The Blue Jackets started strong, with Modin giving Columbus an early lead midway through the first period. Carolina goaltender Cam Ward deflected Jaroslav Balastik’s wrist shot, but Modin tapped in the rebound at 7:48.

Chimera made it 2-0 early in the second period when his short-handed wrist shot beat Ward. Commodore pulled Carolina within one about three minutes later when he scored a power-play goal from just inside the blue-line.

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Fritsche restored the Blue Jackets’ two-goal lead in the final minute of the second period when he took a pass from Platt on a two-on-one break and beat John Grahame for his second goal against the Hurricanes this pre-season. Platt added a short-handed empty-net goal from behind the centre-line in the final minute.

Ward played about half the game for Carolina, making nine saves and allowing two goals before giving way to Grahame – who stopped 12 shots and allowed one goal.

The Hurricanes played short-handed after a trade earlier in the day sent defenceman Oleg Tverdovsky and top prospect Jack Johnson to the Los Angeles Kings for forward Eric Belanger and defenceman Tim Gleason.

Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford said he expects Belanger and Gleason to join the team Saturday and skate in Sunday night’s pre-season finale at Washington.