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Chimera, Platt score shorthanded goals as Blue Jackets roll

Sep 30, 2006 - 1:55 AM RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets may want to consider playing at a disadvantage on a regular basis.

Jason Chimera and Geoff Platt scored shorthanded goals as the Blue Jackets posted a 4-1 preseason victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Already holding a 1-0 lead on Fredrik Modin's goal in the first period, Columbus was short two skaters when Chimera tallied at 6:02 of the second. The Hurricanes halved the deficit when defenseman Mike Commodore cashed in on a power play midway through the session, but Dan Fritsche answered with 24 seconds to go before intermission.

With Modin in the penalty box for hooking late in the third, Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette decided to pull goaltender John Grahame for an extra skater, giving his team a 6-on-4 advantage. The move backfired as Platt scored into an empty net with 16 seconds remaining.

Platt added an assist and Pascal Leclaire made 25 saves for the Blue Jackets, who went 0-for-6 with the man advantage.

Reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward allowed two goals on 11 shots before Grahame came on and made 12 saves for Carolina, which lost right wing Justin Williams to a "lower body" injury in the second period.

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