RALEIGH -- The Carolina Hurricanes' first preseason game had some interesting twists and turns in it.
The Columbus Blue Jackets led after the first period and the Canes after the second, but the Jackets surged in the third for a 5-4 victory at PNC Arena.
"I think for the first game I was expecting a little more bite to our game," Canes coach Kirk Muller said. "When I say playing hard, it's not just physically finishing checks. I thought we had a group tonight that we could have been tougher to play against."
Alexander Semin scored twice and Eric Staal and Jeremy Welsh each had a goal for the Canes, who built a 4-2 lead in the second period. Marian Gaborik had a pair of goals and an assist for the Blue Jackets, who were playing their fourth preseason game.
The game was the first between the Canes and Blue Jackets as new rivals in the Metropolitan Division. Hybrid icing calls were made. Another first: a delay-of-game penalty against Semin for having his jersey tucked in -- a new rule and a no-no in the league beginning this year.
The Blue Jackets didn't convert Semin's penalty into a power-play score, but Gaborik's quick wrister just after the penalty expired tied the score 4-4 early in the third. Sean Collins' goal then gave Columbus a 5-4 lead.
Cam Ward was in net for Carolina and Elias Lindholm, the Canes' first-round draft pick, played his first NHL game. Ward labored at times and Lindholm, who centered a line with Jeff Skinner and Nathan Gerbe, didn't factor into any of the scoring.
"I thought the game was his best performance, compared to the practices," Muller said of Lindholm. "He's smart, he's good in traffic, makes little plays. He definitely understands the game, both with the puck and without."
Semin had a power-play goal in the first period and even-strength score in the second, both on whistling shots from the right circle. Welsh's score came on a top-shelf backhander and Staal on a rebound, both in the second period and both after sustained offensive pressure in the Columbus zone.
The Canes scored their first goal of the preseason -- a power-play score by Semin -- to take an early lead and outshot Columbus 15-7 in the opening period but trailed 2-1. Semin came off the half-wall and rifled a shot past Curtis McElhinney.
The Blue Jackets answered in just 31 seconds against the Canes' fourth line. Boone Jenner took a pass from Tim Erixon and ripped a shot past Cam Ward for a 1-1 tie.
The Blue Jackets struck late in the first period when Gaborik went top-shelf on Ward. Ryan Johansen had a power-play goal for the Blue Jackets in the second period after Carolina had built a 4-2 lead.
Ward was making his first appearance in NHL competition since suffering a serious knee injury March 3 at Florida, an injury that ended his season.
McElhinney started in net for Columbus but was relieved by Mike McKenna in the second period, allowing four goals on 22 shots. The Canes had a 26-15 lead in shots after two periods.
The Canes looked sharp in killing off an Eric Staal tripping penalty late in the first, but the Jackets took the lead on Gaborik's goal.
The Canes were inches away from taking a 1-0 lead in the opening minutes. Murphy got off a shot from the point and Drayson Bowman got his stick on the puck, which skidded just wide of the post.