Rookie Aho leads Carolina past Caps
Rookie Sebastian Aho scored his first two NHL goals, Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday night.
Aho added an assist, Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and three assists and Victor Rask also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward made 20 saves.
Washington was coming off an overtime win in Chicago on Friday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:58 left in the first period to put Washington ahead 1-0, but backup Philipp Grubauer stopped only 33 of 37 shots.
Aho scored 35 seconds later, getting his first career goal from a sharp angle to tie it.
Teravainen put the Hurricanes up 2-1 with 2:59 left in the first when he was left open in the slot and shot in a pass from Aho.
Staal scored on the power play early in the second period when he slipped a shot off a rebound. Staal had started the play by keeping the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line and then working his way to the net.
Rask scored his sixth goal of the season in the second for a 4-1 edge.
Carolina withstood Washington’s push in the second period when two Hurricanes broke their sticks on defense. Carolina was finally able to clear the puck and prevent Washington from scoring.