Hurricanes 4, Golden Knights 3 (OT)
Sebastian Aho’s second goal of the game 3:49 into overtime gave the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights after blowing a two-goal lead late in regulation Tuesday night.
Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck scored 57 seconds apart in the second period and Aho had a power-play goal in the third for Carolina. Andrei Svechnikov’s second assist of the game came on the winning goal.
“A great read by him,” Aho said. “Reading that play, he won his battle there. He wanted that puck.”
Aho set the franchise record with his seventh career overtime goal, one more than Jeff O’Neill. It was Aho’s second overtime winner this season.
The Hurricanes bounced back from one of their worst outings of the season three nights earlier. Frederik Andersen made 26 saves as Carolina won for the fourth time in five games.
“A win is a win. We’ll take those two points for sure,” Aho said. “That’s a quality team out there against us. Obviously, you don’t want to lose a two-goal lead in the third. It really didn’t change the way we played.”
Nolan Patrick had a goal and an assist, and Brett Howden and Nicolas Hague also scored for the Golden Knights, who were coming off a 1-0 victory Monday night at Washington. Laurent Brossoit made 26 saves.
The Hurricanes never trailed, but Howden’s goal with 6:52 left in the third period and Hague’s score with 2:30 remaining allowed the Golden Knights to pull even.
“Over a long season, it’s important to find a way to get a point in games like this,” Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said after his team fell to 5-3 in overtime games.
The Hurricanes are 2-3 in overtime games after Aho’s team-leading 19th goal of the season. Every other team in the NHL had already been in five or more OT sessions.
“I liked how we got right back on in overtime,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.
The Golden Knights had won seven straight road games. Their next two games are at Florida and Tampa Bay, the top teams in the Atlantic Division.
“We just have to hang in there these next couple of games,” Vegas right wing Mark Stone said. “It’s going to be a tough trip.”
Carolina’s 7-4 loss Saturday night at New Jersey marked only the third time this season it allowed more than four goals.
Carolina has a Metropolitan Division-leading 14 wins on home ice. Niederreiter is a big part of that with 10 of his 12 goals coming at home.
“He has been good this year,” Brind’Amour said. “He has been steady and that has been real important.”
The latest win came against a Vegas team that holds a 12-5-1 road record, among the best in the NHL.
The Hurricanes have won 14 games apiece at home and on the road.
Brossoit appeared for the first time in eight games. He is 2-1-1 vs. Carolina.
Even though Robin Lehner logged the shutout at Washington, there might have been a reason he was given the night off. He’s 0-6-0 against the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes had most of their roster back in place, with Teuvo Teravainen returning following a one-game absence with a lower-body injury.
Penguins 6, Coyotes 3
Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang led a four-goal, third-period barrage to give Pittsburgh a win over Arizona.
Pittsburgh trailed early in the third before its offensive show, when Letang scored twice and Crosby netted his 11th for the Penguins, who won their sixth straight game.
Pittsburgh has 17 wins in its last 19 games. Bryan Rust and Brock McGinn both scored their 10th goals of the season and Brian Boyle added a third-period goal. Tristan Jarry stopped 13 shots.
Arizona’s Clayton Keller scored his 16th goal and added an assist, and Nick Schmaltz also scored. Karel Vejmelka made 30 saves for Arizona, which has lost three straight and five of its last seven games.
Panthers 5, Jets 3
Mason Marchment scored twice and added an assist, and Florida defeated Winnipeg.
Anton Lundell also had a goal and assist, and Carter Verhaeghe and Sam Bennett also scored for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for Florida, which ended a five-game trip 3-2-0 and is 8-6-5 overall away from home this season.
Paul Stastny, Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for the Jets. Connor Hellebuyck, playing his 12th straight game, made 27 stops.
Senators 5, Sabres 0
Tyler Ennis had a hat trick to lead Ottawa over Buffalo.
Drake Batherson and Alex Formenton also scored for Ottawa, while Matt Murray made 32 saves for his third win of the season and 14th career shutout.
The win came at a cost: Batherson went hard into the boards late in the first period and did not return. Dylan Gambrel also suffered an upper-body injury.
This was the first of a four-game homestand for the Senators, who continue to play without fans.
Oilers 3, Canucks 2 (OT)
Connor McDavid scored with 23.4 seconds left in overtime, powering Edmonton to a comeback win over Vancouver.
The Edmonton captain tapped a pass from Darnell Nurse into the net for his 20th goal of the season.
Ryan McLeod finally got Edmonton on the board and Leon Draisaitl added a power-play goal to knot the score at 2-2. Mikko Koskinen had 25 saves for the Oilers.
Tyler Motte, with a short-handed tally, and Elias Pettersson scored for Vancouver, while goalie Spencer Martin had 47 saves.
Predators 4, Kraken 2
Mattias Ekholm scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Nashville beat Seattle.
The Predators also got goals from Filip Forsberg, Luke Kunin and Matt Duchene in their third straight win. Roman Josi added two assists, and Juuse Saros made 32 saves.
Jared McCann and Adam Larsson scored for the Kraken.
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