Aho helps Hur­ri­canes over­whelm Preda­tors

The Columbus Dispatch - - Sports -

Se­bas­tian Aho and the Carolina Hur­ri­canes got into a groove after Micheal Fer­land tan­gled with Austin Wat­son.

Aho had three goals and an as­sist to help Carolina beat the Nashville Preda­tors 6-3 on Sun­day in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Hur­ri­canes won for the sev­enth time in eight games. There was no score when Fer­land fought Wat­son 8:19 into the first pe­riod.

“That set the tone,” Aho said. “We were all fired up after that.”

Fer­land, who also had two as­sists, did the dirty work and Aho han­dled the scor­ing. With the early start, Fer­land fig­ured the team needed a shot of en­ergy.

“Be­ing an early game, you’re not re­ally sure how you feel,” Fer­land said. “I think it got ev­ery­one go­ing on both benches. It was good.”

Justin Wil­liams, Saku Mae­nala­nen and Lu­cas Wall­mark also scored for Carolina, which has won five straight at home. Petr Mrazek made 20 saves for his third win in four starts.

“That was one of our bet­ter 60-minute ef­forts all year,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’amour said. “I Carolina’s Se­bas­tian Aho, left, is con­grat­u­lated by Teuvo Ter­a­vainen after Aho scored his third goal Sun­day against Nashville.

thought we played as solid as we could.”

It was the first hat trick of the sea­son for Aho. The All-star cen­ter has five goals in the past two games, run­ning his teambest to­tal to 21 for the sea­son.

He cred­ited line­mates Fer­land and Teuvo Ter­a­vainen for his re­cent surge.

“They’ve been feed­ing me,” Aho said.

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.

JETS 4, DUCKS 3, OT:

Bryan Lit­tle scored at 4:49 of over­time to give Win­nipeg a vic­tory over Ana­heim, ex­tend­ing the Ducks’ los­ing streak to a fran­chise-record 11 games. Blake Wheeler, Pa­trik Laine and Ben Chiarot also scored and Con­nor Helle­buyck made 28 saves for the Jets. Brian Gib­bons, Rickard Rakell and An­drew Cogliano scored for the Ducks.

IS­LAN­DERS 5, LIGHT­NING 1: Casey Cizikas and Cal Clut­ter­buck each had a goal and an as­sist, Thomas Greiss stopped 38 shots, and New York crushed Tampa Bay.

CANUCKS 5, PAN­THERS 1:

Ben Hut­ton, Brock Boeser, Jay Bea­gle and Markus Gran­lund each scored for Van­cou­ver in a four-goal third pe­riod to roll past Flor­ida. All four goals were scored after the Pan­thers’ Frank Va­trano knot­ted the game at 1-all 5:29 into the third.

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