Svechnikov, Aho Rally Hurricanes Over Coyotes

Alex Goligoski, Andrei Svechnikov, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Sebastian Aho

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho each scored two goals and had one assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Sebastian Aho Carolina Hurricanes
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Jaccob Slavin also scored and Trevor van Riemsdyk had two assists for Carolina, which scored four straight goals and rallied from a 2-0 deficit for its fourth win in six games. James Reimer stopped 30 shots.

Both of Aho’s goals came in the third period, one for a 4-2 lead and the second with 34 seconds left to play, into an empty net for his team-leading 29th of the season. The Hurricanes moved into the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Goligoski had a goal and assist, Conor Garland scored his team-high 19th and Christian Dvorak got his fifth goal in seven games for the Coyotes, who have lost six of seven. Arizona’s streak of points at home ended at eight games.

Goligoski was credited with his fourth of the season at 15:45 of the first period when his shot deflected off the stick of Aho and slipped past Reimer. It was Goligoski’s first goal since Dec. 14.

Dvorak made it 2-0 with a power-play goal when he tapped in Nick Schmaltz’s shot that bounced off Reimer’s pads at 4:06 of the second period.

But it took the Hurricanes only one minute to answer.

Svechnikov was free in front of the net for the rebound of Haydn Fleury’s shot for his 21st goal of the season and later added his 22nd, second-most on the team. Slavin tied it at 2 at 9 minutes of the period with a one-timer off a pass from behind the net from Ryan Dzingel.

Svechnikov scored again at 11:01 of the second for the Hurricanes’ first lead of the game.

Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes
Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

After Aho’s goal 63 seconds into the third period made it 4-2, Garland hustled to get his stick on Jakob Chychrun’s shot and score at 3:27. But Arizona couldn’t tie it despite a late power play.

Antti Raanta finished with 26 saves for Arizona.

NOTES: The Coyotes called up D Robbie Russo from AHL Tucson before Thursday’s game, but scratched him in favour of D Aaron Ness. Arizona has two regular defencemen out with injuries in captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jason Demers, who was place on injured reserve. … Arizona F Phil Kessel moved into a tie with Andrew Cogliano for sixth place on the NHL’s all-time consecutive games list with No. 830. … Hurricanes F Jordan Martinook, a former Coyotes player, was the only scratch for Carolina. He was held out with a back injury. … Actor, comedian and TV host Nick Cannon, in town to promote his live show at Gila River Arena in April, attended Thursday’s game.

UP NEXT

Carolina: at Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night.

Arizona: at Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

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Jose M. Romero, The Associated Press

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