Rookie Aho leads Carolina past Caps

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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