The Dallas Morning News

Early Carolina surge cools off Nashville

Preds’ loss is second in last seven games; Lightning win in OT

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Warren Foegele scored the first of three Carolina goals in under eight minutes, and the Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 to snap a two-game skid Thursday night.

Andrei Svechnikov, Vincent Trocheck and Sebastian Aho also scored for the Hurricanes. Svechnikov and Trocheck each added an assist.

Erik Haula had a shorthande­d goal for Nashville against his former team, trimming the deficit to 3-1 in the third period. But the Predators lost for only the second time in seven games.

“I think we had chances to get up early in the game in the first period,” Nashville coach John Hynes said. “I didn’t think we really responded well after the first-period goal against.”

Lightning 3, Panthers 2 (OT): In Tampa, Fla., Victor Hedman scored 54 seconds into overtime. The Lightning remained tied for first place in the Central Division with Carolina, though the Hurricanes have a game in hand. Florida is one point back.

Andrei Vasilevski­y made 36 saves for his Nhl-leading 26th victory of the season and added an assist. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist. Ross Colton also scored for Tampa Bay.

Chris Driedger stopped 15 shots for the Panthers. Patric Hornqvist and Anthony Duclair scored for Florida, which has one win in the past four games.

Hedman got his eighth goal of the season, sent in on a breakaway by Killorn. Hedman deked Driedger down and slipped the puck inside the post.

Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 1: In Detroit, Jakub Vrana scored in his Detroit debut, and Troy Stecher added two goals for the Red Wings.

Vrana and Richard Panik played for the first time since the Red Wings acquired them in a trade Monday with Washington. Vrana put Detroit up 2-1 with a breakaway goal in the second period.

Jets 5, Maple Leafs 2: In Toronto, Nikolaj Ehlers scored twice, and Connor Helleybuck made 31 saves for Winnipeg.

Sabres 5, Capitals 2: In Washington, Anders Bjork scored his first goal with his new team and added an assist, helping Buffalo spoil Nicklas Backstrom’s 1,000th game for Washington.

Bruins 4, Islanders 1: In Boston, Taylor Hall scored his first goal for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots to earn his first victory since February.

Rangers 4, Devils 0: In New York, Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist, and Igor Shesterkin got his second straight shutout.

Flyers 2, Penguins 1 (SO): Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier scored in the shootout for Philadelph­ia.

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