Hur­ri­canes snap Ducks’ 5-game win streak with 4-1 vic­tory

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By GREG BEACHAM

ANA­HEIM, Calif. — Brett Pesce scored the tiebreak­ing goal early in the third pe­riod, and the Carolina Hur­ri­canes ended their three-game skid and the Ducks’ fiveg­ame win­ning streak with a 4-1 vic­tory over Ana­heim on Fri­day night.

Justin Wil­liams also scored in the third pe­riod and Petr Mrazek made 18 saves in his first vic­tory since Oct. 26 as the Canes won in Ana­heim for just the sec­ond time in nine years.

Clark Bishop scored his first NHL goal and Se­bas­tian Aho added an empty-net­ter as Carolina sal­vaged one win from its three-game Cal­i­for­nia trip de­spite the in­jury ab­sences of top goalscorer Micheal Fer­land, vet­eran for­ward Jor­dan Staal and start­ing goalie Curtis Mcel­hin­ney.

Jakob Sil­fver­berg scored his 100th ca­reer goal for the Ducks, who had won seven of eight and earned points in nine of 10 be­fore an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic third-pe­riod flop.

Ana­heim didn’t al­low a goal af­ter the sec­ond pe­riod dur­ing its win­ning streak. Carolina scored twice in 61 sec­onds in the third, start­ing when Pesce con­nected per­fectly with an ag­gres­sive swing at a float­ing puck from Teuvo Ter­a­vainen for the de­fense­man’s third goal.

John Gibson stopped 32 shots for Ana­heim, but took just his sec­ond reg­u­la­tion loss in nine ap­pear­ances af­ter mis­han­dling a high shot that turned into Wil­liams’ fifth goal.

Mrazek made just his sec­ond ap­pear­ance since Nov. 2 for the Hur­ri­canes af­ter Mcel­hin­ney was scratched with a lower­body in­jury that ap­par­ently oc­curred dur­ing prac­tice Thurs­day.

Saku Mae­nala­nen made his NHL de­but for Carolina af­ter Staal was side­lined for the first time this sea­son due to a con­cus­sion.

Sil­fver­berg put the Ducks ahead in the first pe­riod with a short­handed goal when Jake Dotchin’s shot de­flected off his body. Sil­fver­berg started the se­quence that led to his mile­stone goal in his 445th game with a break­away shot off the iron.

Bishop, a 22-year-old for­mer fifth-round pick, got credit for a messy goal in the sec­ond pe­riod when he slid into Gibson while the puck trick­led un­derneath the goalie. The rookie for­ward couldn’t cel­e­brate his first goal un­til a lengthy video re­view con­cluded the puck had crossed the line — and a sec­ond video re­view de­nied Ana­heim’s claim of goalie in­ter­fer­ence.

NOTES: Bishop scored in his 11th ca­reer game. ... Ducks F Rickard Rakell missed his first game of the sea­son with an an­kle in­jury. The Swede is off to a slow start with just five goals af­ter scor­ing 34 last year . ... Mae­nala­nen, a 24-year-old Finn, is a for­mer Nashville draft pick who be­gan his first North Amer­i­can sea­son in the AHL this fall . ... Staal is out in­def­i­nitely af­ter get­ting hurt in the third pe­riod of Carolina’s loss at San Jose on Wed­nes­day . ... Fer­land missed his fourth straight game with a con­cus­sion . ... Mcel­hin­ney will be re-eval­u­ated when the Canes re­turn to Raleigh. The for­mer Ducks backup is 7-3-1. UP NEXT

Hur­ri­canes: Host Maple Leafs on Tues­day night.

Ducks: Host Devils on Sun­day night.

AP PHOTO BY KYUSUNG GONG

Ana­heim Ducks goal­tender John Gibson, cen­ter, blocks the shot by Carolina Hur­ri­canes left wing War­ren Foegele, right, dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game in Ana­heim, Calif., Fri­day, Dec. 7.

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