Svechnikov, Niederreiter help Hurricanes beat Predators 4-1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Andrei Svechnikov and Nino Niederreiter each scored in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Tuesday night.

Jordan Staal scored a goal in the first, and Sebastian Aho added a goal in the third and Justin Williamshad two assists as Carolina won its fourth straight in Nashville and seven of the last eight overall in this series. The Hurricanes also moved into the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, tying Columbus with 72 points with two games in hand.

Goalie Petr Mrazek made 28 saves and improved to 9-1-0 against the Predators.

Ryan Johansen scored a goal for the Predators, who snapped a three-game winning streak. Nashville hasn't won four straight since October.

The Hurricanes brought their mothers with them for this quick road trip, and they attacked from the start - outshooting Nashville 6-1 with Staal's eighth of the season on their sixth shot. He scored on a wrister after a trio of saves by goalie Juuse Saros 3:23 into the game.

“You don’t want to disappoint mom,” Williams said. “Dad gets angry, but mom just gets disappointed, right? We definitely didn’t want to do that. It gives you a little extra added inspiration for the game. I thought we played one of our most complete games, certainly since I’ve been here.”

It was Staal's first goal in 12 games since Jan. 16.

“I’ve been fighting it for a while,” Staal said. “There’s no question, there’s no secret I need to be more offensive if we want to make a push. It was nice to get one tonight and be involved with that. Hopefully that will keep coming.”

Nashville went 0 for 4 on the power play. Mrazek made a pad save on Filip Forsberg's breakaway attempt in the first after a turnover kicked by Carolina defenseman Joel Edmundson at the blue line, and Forsberg's backhander went over the crossbar in the second on another breakaway chance.

“When we needed him to step up, he was big,” Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. “He made a couple of saves on the penalty kill, which those are always big, big moments in the game. That’s what we need.”

Nashville coach John Hynes said he thought the Predators were slow and didn't battle for the puck enough.

“Particularly, I thought our offensive intensity tonight was not close to where it needed to be,” Hynes said. “I thought our decisions on zone entries, when they had numbers back, we were trying to make plays and they would knock it down and go back the other way, so you don’t set yourself up to be able to play in the offensive zone.”

The Predators tied it 48 seconds into the second when Johansen backhanded the puck into the open net with Mrazek screened by Viktor Arvidsson in the crease. Carolina lost its challenge of goalie interference. But Kyle Turris went to the box for slashing Erik Haula, and Svechnikov scored 5 seconds into the man advantage despite the Hurricanes losing the faceoff with a wrister from the right circle at 3:45.

Niederreiter made it 3-1 at 8:02, beating Saros with a backhander for his ninth of the season. Saros had won five of his previous six starts with a .935 save percentage in that span.

Aho padded the lead 4:33 of the third with his 34th.

The only issue for the Hurricanes came with 5:53 left when defenseman Haydn Fleury spun around and went down awkwardly near the boards. He skated off favoring his right leg.

NOTES: Svechnikov stretched his points streak to eight games and joined Ron Francis, who did it twice in 1982-83 with Hartford, as the second teenager in franchise history to have multiple point streaks of eight games or more in a single season. Svechnikov now has five goals and five assists in this streak. ... Aho extended his point streak to 10 straight games with 10 goals and six assists. ... Nashville now is 8-16-4 when allowing the first goal and 3-15-2 when trailing after one period.

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123T
CAR34-21-4
1214
NSH29-23-7
0101
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10151/7217:101
R. Dzingel LW00000/0011:400
J. Edmundson D00100/0217:571
H. Fleury D00120/0017:370
W. Foegele RW01020/0014:150
J. Gardiner D00120/0018:480
E. Haula C01126/5014:220
B. McGinn LW00000/1014:451
M. Necas RW01121/0013:372
N. Niederreiter LW10140/0014:490
B. Pesce D00110/0023:250
J. Slavin D00000/0022:060
J. Staal C100311/9016:380
A. Svechnikov LW10120/0012:171
T. Teravainen RW00100/1016:470
L. Wallmark C00003/6212:340
J. Williams RW02020/1013:062
T. van Riemsdyk D01030/0020:071
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:590
N. Bonino C00-108/5014:470
M. Duchene C00-114/3017:020
M. Ekholm D00060/0023:301
D. Fabbro D00-100/0015:061
F. Forsberg LW00-130/0017:581
M. Granlund RW01002/1016:510
R. Grimaldi LW00-120/0013:470
D. Hamhuis D00-110/0015:170
C. Jarnkrok LW00000/1016:050
R. Johansen C10049/3016:541
R. Josi D00-150/0021:060
C. Sissons C00006/6013:520
C. Smith RW00-130/0017:181
J. Tinordi D01000/0020:211
K. Turris C00-111/3215:560
A. Watson RW00010/0010:116
Y. Weber D00-100/0416:080
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)291280.96660:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)29
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (L)304260.86760:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (L)30
Kyle Turris shot on goal (Wrist shot)
CAR:GoalsShots
NSH:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • CAR
      04:33GOAL Sebastian Aho (Wrist shot), Assist: Trevor van Riemsdyk
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      08:02GOAL Nino Niederreiter (Backhand shot), Assists: Martin Necas and Erik Haula
    • CAR
      03:45(PP) GOAL Andrei Svechnikov (Wrist shot), Assist: Justin Williams
    • NSH
      48.0GOAL Ryan Johansen (Backhand shot), Assists: Jarred Tinordi and Mikael Granlund
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      03:23GOAL Jordan Staal (Wrist shot), Assists: Justin Williams and Warren Foegele
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NSH
      18:31Yannick Weber penalty High Sticking - 4 min.
    • CAR
      06:14Lucas Wallmark penalty Hooking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • CAR
      16:41Joel Edmundson penalty Holding - 2 min.
    • NSH
      03:40Kyle Turris penalty Slashing - 2 min.
    • CAR
      48.0Bench penalty Delay of Game - 2 min., served by Martin Necas
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • CAR
      04:07Sebastian Aho penalty Slashing - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
CAR
NSH
Shots on Goal3029
Goals in Power Play10
Faceoff Wins2230
Penalties42
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties42
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
CAR
Shots on Goal30
Goals in Power Play1
Faceoff Wins22
Penalties4
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties4
Misconducts0
123T
CAR34-21-4
1214
NSH29-23-7
0101
STARS OF THE GAME
13.3 %SHOT %3.4 %
0.966 %SAVE %0.867 %
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10151/7217:101
R. Dzingel LW00000/0011:400
J. Edmundson D00100/0217:571
H. Fleury D00120/0017:370
W. Foegele RW01020/0014:150
J. Gardiner D00120/0018:480
E. Haula C01126/5014:220
B. McGinn LW00000/1014:451
M. Necas RW01121/0013:372
N. Niederreiter LW10140/0014:490
B. Pesce D00110/0023:250
J. Slavin D00000/0022:060
J. Staal C100311/9016:380
A. Svechnikov LW10120/0012:171
T. Teravainen RW00100/1016:470
L. Wallmark C00003/6212:340
J. Williams RW02020/1013:062
T. van Riemsdyk D01030/0020:071
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:590
N. Bonino C00-108/5014:470
M. Duchene C00-114/3017:020
M. Ekholm D00060/0023:301
D. Fabbro D00-100/0015:061
F. Forsberg LW00-130/0017:581
M. Granlund RW01002/1016:510
R. Grimaldi LW00-120/0013:470
D. Hamhuis D00-110/0015:170
C. Jarnkrok LW00000/1016:050
R. Johansen C10049/3016:541
R. Josi D00-150/0021:060
C. Sissons C00006/6013:520
C. Smith RW00-130/0017:181
J. Tinordi D01000/0020:211
K. Turris C00-111/3215:560
A. Watson RW00010/0010:116
Y. Weber D00-100/0416:080
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)291280.96660:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)29
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (L)304260.86760:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (L)30
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
CAR34-21-4
1214
NSH29-23-7
0101
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
S. Aho C10151/7217:101
R. Dzingel LW00000/0011:400
J. Edmundson D00100/0217:571
H. Fleury D00120/0017:370
W. Foegele RW01020/0014:150
J. Gardiner D00120/0018:480
E. Haula C01126/5014:220
B. McGinn LW00000/1014:451
M. Necas RW01121/0013:372
N. Niederreiter LW10140/0014:490
B. Pesce D00110/0023:250
J. Slavin D00000/0022:060
J. Staal C100311/9016:380
A. Svechnikov LW10120/0012:171
T. Teravainen RW00100/1016:470
L. Wallmark C00003/6212:340
J. Williams RW02020/1013:062
T. van Riemsdyk D01030/0020:071
Total4603022/308-9
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
V. Arvidsson RW00020/0015:590
N. Bonino C00-108/5014:470
M. Duchene C00-114/3017:020
M. Ekholm D00060/0023:301
D. Fabbro D00-100/0015:061
F. Forsberg LW00-130/0017:581
M. Granlund RW01002/1016:510
R. Grimaldi LW00-120/0013:470
D. Hamhuis D00-110/0015:170
C. Jarnkrok LW00000/1016:050
R. Johansen C10049/3016:541
R. Josi D00-150/0021:060
C. Sissons C00006/6013:520
C. Smith RW00-130/0017:181
J. Tinordi D01000/0020:211
K. Turris C00-111/3215:560
A. Watson RW00010/0010:116
Y. Weber D00-100/0416:080
Total1202930/226-12
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
P. Mrazek (W)291280.96660:00
GOALIESSA
P. Mrazek (W)29
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
J. Saros (L)304260.86760:00
GOALIESSA
J. Saros (L)30
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

123T
CAR34-21-4
1214
NSH29-23-7
0101
TEAM STATS
3.35
GF AVG
2.96
GA AVG
.67
Power Play
3.60
GF AVG
3.54
GA AVG
.62
Power Play
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