Canes end 3-game slide by beat­ing Ana­heim 4-1

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The Car­olina Hur­ri­canes found a way to score some goals Fri­day.

They also found a way to win, beat­ing the Ana­heim Ducks 4-1 to end a three-game los­ing streak in the fi­nal game of their West Coast trip.

Clark Bishop’s first NHL goal was a big one for the Canes, ty­ing the score 1-1 in the sec­ond pe­riod. It came on a play that ended with Bishop, the puck, Ducks de­fense­man Ham­pus Lind­holm and goalie John Gib­son all in the net, which was knocked off its pegs.

Brett Pesce’s third­pe­riod score gave the Canes a 2-1 lead, cap­tain Justin Wil­liams fol­lowed a minute later with an­other goal – Bishop with an as­sist – and Se­bas­tian Aho sealed it with a late empty-net­ter. With goalie Petr Mrazek mak­ing 18 saves, it all added up to a solid team vic­tory at the Honda Cen­ter in Ana­heim.

“It was a great ef­fort all the way up and down the lineup,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We’ve got a lot of guys banged up, a lot of guys that were just muscling it out. We de­served that win.”

The Canes (13-11-4) did it with­out cen­ter Jor­dan Staal, who suf­fered a con­cus­sion Wed­nes­day in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

With Staal out, Brind’Amour shifted Aho back to cen­ter and Aho’s game was one of his best over­all this sea­son. He had five shots and won 11 of 18 draws, and he was on the ice in the third as a penalty killer when the Ducks had a 5-on-3 ad­van­tage but could not score.

“He looked pretty good out there but a lot of guys rose to the oc­ca­sion tonight,” Brind’Amour said.

Bishop, named the game’s first star, scored at 1:55 of the sec­ond when he crashed the net with the puck. It was ini­tially ruled no-goal, but af­ter a lengthy re­view it was ruled the puck crossed the goal line be­fore the cage was knocked loose and that Lind­holm caused Bishop to hit Gib­son.

Ducks coach Randy Car­lyle then chal­lenged the call, claim­ing goal­tender in­ter­fer­ence by Bishop, but the goal stood.

“Un­for­tu­nate goal for them, lucky one for us, but you’ve got to give ‘Bish’ credit for tak­ing it to the net the way he did,” Brind’Amour said of the unas­sisted goal from the fourth-line cen­ter, the Canes’ first at even strength since the 2-1 win at Mon­treal on Nov. 27.

No such drama on Pesce’s goal, his third. The de­fense­man jumped into the rush, took a pass from Teuvo Ter­a­vainen and beat Gib­son on a shot.

Wil­liams scored his fifth in tight, bang­ing away at the the re­bound of a Bishop shot.

“We’ve been snakebit­ten on get­ting some bounces so it was nice tonight to see us get a few,” Brind’Amour said.

Ter­a­vainen, who had gone five games with­out a point, also as­sisted on Aho’s empty-net­ter – Aho’s eighth goal of the sea­son.

Jakob Sil­fver­berg scored short­handed at 11:47 of the first for the Ducks (15-11-5), who had won five straight, but the Canes bounced back this night.

Canes for­ward Saku Mae­nala­nen, re­called from the Char­lotte Checkers of the AHL, made his NHL debut and played 6:49. Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, also re­called, served as Mrazek’s backup with Cur­tis McElhinney out with a lower-body in­jury.

The Canes play six of the next seven games at PNC Arena, fac­ing the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tues­day.



Hur­ri­canes coach Rod Brind’Amour

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