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).

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) has the puck slip past for a goal by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) has the puck slip past for a goal by the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to earn the win.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) works the puck agains Carolina Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin (74) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) works the puck agains Carolina Hurricanes’ Jaccob Slavin (74) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Riley Nash (20) avoids the collision of teammate Lukas Sedlak (45) and Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Faulk (27) to maintain control of the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Riley Nash (20) avoids the collision of teammate Lukas Sedlak (45) and Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Faulk (27) to maintain control of the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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.

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind' Amour, top center, takes a timeout to talk to his team during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’ Amour, top center, takes a timeout to talk to his team during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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.

Columbus Blue Jackets' Boone Jenner (38) has his stot blocked by Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Boone Jenner (38) has his stot blocked by Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Scott Darling (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

NOTES: Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was scratched because of a personal matter. … Columbus has scored at least four goals in three of its last four games. … Aho extended his point streak to four games. … This was the third game of a six-game homestand for Carolina.

Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal (11) has the puck go just past as he is defended by Columbus Blue Jackets' Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal (11) has the puck go just past as he is defended by Columbus Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

UP NEXT

Blue Jackets: At Toronto on Monday night.

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind' Amour speaks at a news conference following the Hurricanes 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’ Amour speaks at a news conference following the Hurricanes 4-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Hurricanes: Host New Jersey on Sunday.

Carolina Hurricanes' Calvin de Haan (44) battles Columbus Blue Jackets' Riley Nash (20) for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
Carolina Hurricanes’ Calvin de Haan (44) battles Columbus Blue Jackets’ Riley Nash (20) for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Source: The Associated Press

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