The Carolina Hurricanes recorded a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers at PNC Arena on Friday.
After losing five games on the bounce, the Hurricanes have now won two in a row after a gritty performance against the Oilers.
Jordan Staal gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead with his 11th goal of the season at 11:36 in the first period. Staal beat Cam Talbot between the legs after quick passes from Jaccob Slavin and Elias Lindholm.
Connor McDavid’s 18th goal tied the game at 8:04 of the second. The Oilers captain collected Oscar Klefbom’s long pass at the blue line before using his body to hold off Lindholm and beat Cam Ward with a backhand.
Sebastian Aho scored a power-play goal to break the tie in the third period. It came during Carolina’s only man-advantage of the game. After sustained pressure, Justin Faulk set up Aho for a one-timer in the right circle at 1:48, the rookie’s fourth goal in two games.
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Speaking after the match, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters explained that the extra effort from all of his players was the reason for their turnaround in form.
“You’ve got to believe in what you do as a team,” he said.
“We were playing hard, we were hanging onto pucks and playing strong.
“We had good shifts from all four lines. That’s what we need, everyone finding a way to contribute. That’s how you get wins.”
The other results from the NHL on Friday can be seen below.
Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Columbus Blue Jackets (overtime)
Detroit Red Wings 5-4 New York Islanders
Florida Panthers 2-1 Anaheim Ducks
New Jersey Devils 3-4 Calgary Flames (overtime)