Kotkaniemi scored a goal on two shots, blocked two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Stars.

Kotkaniemi prevented Braden Holtby from dialing up a shutout on the Hurricanes with his tally at 16:27 of the third period. The 21-year-old Kotkaniemi has looked more comfortable since returning to center, racking up four of his six goals this year in the last six games. The Finnish forward has eight points, 25 shots, a plus-1 rating and 23 hits through 21 appearances.

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