It’s fine in Carolina as they take 7 of 8

Aho counts a hat trick in 6-3 vic­tory over Nashville; Hur­ri­canes re­main hot

The Welland Tribune - - Sports -

RALEIGH, N.C. — Se­bas­tian Aho had three goals and an as­sist to lead the Carolina Hur­ri­canes to a 6-3 win over the Nashville Preda­tors in Na­tional Hockey League play Sun­day.

Justin Wil­liams, Saku Mae­nala­nen and Lu­cas Wall­mark also scored for Carolina, which won for the sev­enth time in eight games and earned its fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory at home. Micheal Fer­land had two as­sists and had a first-pe­riod fight that helped jump-start the Hur­ri­canes.

Aho has five goals in the past two games, run­ning his team-best to­tal to 21 for the sea­son.

Nashville, which had earned at least a point in seven straight games, got two goals from

Filip Fors­berg and an­other from Colton Sis­sons, but goal­tender Pekka Rinne was chased in the sec­ond pe­riod.

Carolina had an ad­van­tage on spe­cial teams with two pow­er­play goals. The Preda­tors got a short-handed goal but went 0 for 5 on the power play.

Aho gave the Hur­ri­canes a 1-0 lead with a break­away goal 15:44 into the first pe­riod. Carolina got a break when the puck bounced off the skate off a Nashville player in the Hur­ri­canes’ zone and de­fence­man Ro­man Josi fell down, leav­ing the ice open in front of Aho.

Mae­nala­nen made it 2-0 with a one-timer from the slot at 18:15 off a nice feed from Justin Faulk.

The Preda­tors cut Carolina’s lead to 2-1 with Sis­sons’ goal 2:48 into the sec­ond pe­riod, but the Hur­ri­canes re­sponded with three straight scores.

Aho got a beau­ti­ful back­handed pass by Fer­land and scored a power-play goal at 3:08. Wall­mark caught Nashville in a line change 8:35 into the sec­ond, and Wil­liams

chased Rinne with a power-play goal at 10:11.

Fors­berg scored the next two goals. He had a short-handed tally in the sec­ond and then scored again 13:33 into the third. NOTES: Wil­liams, in his 18th NHL sea­son, matched his ca­reerbest scor­ing streak with a goal in five straight games . ... Left-winger Phillip Di Giuseppe played 21 games with Carolina this sea­son.

He was claimed on waivers by the Preda­tors on Jan. 1 and played his third game with Nashville on Sun­day . ... The Hur­ri­canes im­proved to 7-0-2 in their black al­ter­nate jer­seys this sea­son.

GERRY BROOME THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Carolina Hur­ri­canes’ Se­bas­tian Aho, back, is con­grat­u­lated by Teuvo Ter­a­vainen after his hat trick against the Nashville Preda­tors on Sun­day.

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