1. Another Big Road Win
The Hurricanes and Jets entered this game with identical 20-11-2 records, but the Canes leave Winnipeg a win better in what was a strong effort on the road.
"Good trip. We've played some good hockey on this trip," Aho said. "So far, so good."
The score was even after the first period, but the Canes will take the special teams advantage - 1-for-1 on both the power play and penalty kill - in any 20-minute segment.
Despite giving up a late goal in the first, the Canes flat-out dominated the second period, hanging four goals on the Jets and chasing Connor Hellebuyck from the net. That's what essentially decided the contest.
"I thought we stuck with our game. For the most part, we controlled a lot of the game," Staal said. "You can tell when we get tenacious and get on the forecheck and playing in their end, we're a tough team to beat."
Perhaps the Hurricanes should just go to Banff before every road game.
2. Making Svech Happen - Again
Andrei Svechnikov did it again. He scored another lacrosse-style goal in another real-life National Hockey League hockey game, a feat that had never been accomplished before he did it the first time earlier this season.
Unbelievable? Believe it.
"The Svechy move? Yeah, I think we're going to call it that now," Staal said.
To be fair, Svechnikov did warn everyone.
"If I have room like I had, I'm going to try, for sure," he said after pulling it off against Calgary in late October.
And, sure enough.
After stickhandling through nearly the entire Jets team to get a shot off in the slot, Svechnikov retrieved a loose puck in the far corner. He opened up his hips to face the back of the net and slid the puck onto his blade in one motion before stuffing it over the right shoulder of Hellebuyck.
Video: CAR@WPG: Svechnikov nets second lacrosse-style goal
"I had a lot of room there. I just tried to put it in the net as quickly as I could," Svechnikov said.
Svechnikov pumped his fist, his signature celebration, as Warren Foegele chased after him in jubilant disbelief.
"He said he was shocked," Svechnikov said. "He was happy for me."
And everyone else?
"That's unbelievable," Aho said, laughing and shaking his head. "He's done it now twice what nobody ever could do even once. That's unreal. Really impressive."
"You can't say enough about the kid," Staal said. "So talented. Such a hard worker. He plays tough and plays hard. He does everything and does everything really, really well. It shows. A goal like that is pretty special. He makes it look easy."
A special play from a special player, no doubt.
"I think the kid just wants to score goals. He's a good kid who works hard and wants to score," Staal said. "Honestly, if that's the way you have to score in this league now - I'm jamming it into pads, and he seems to be doing a lot better things with it and finding ways to score goals. It's really special."
Again, take warning. Svechnikov will probably try it again sometime. After all, it's not even been two months since he scored the first.
"When I get room, I can score on that move," Svechnikov said. "I practice it a lot. I feel like when I stop behind the net, if I have room, I'm always going to try that. We'll see. Maybe I'm going to score the next game."
3. Two for Staal
It had been over a month since Jordan Staal last found the back of the net. The intensity on his face when he banged in a rebound on the power play to give the Hurricanes a three-goal lead in the second period said as much.
Video: CAR@WPG: Staal sends loose puck across the goal line
"First one? I think it was three or four, but it definitely felt like a first one after a long time there," he joked. "It was a long time coming. Glad I got one. Hopefully they'll start coming more often."
Elated teammates mobbed their happy captain after seeing the goal lamp light up.
"He's the man. I'm really happy for him," Aho said. "He works every night so hard, so it's nice to see that he gets rewarded."
As if one would be enough, Staal added another early in the third, roofing a rebound that popped in and out of the net in the blink of an eye.
Video: CAR@WPG: Staal strikes with second goal of the game
"You hope it builds his confidence. He's played so hard all year. He just hasn't been fortunate. He's gotten zero bounces," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "Hopefully that gets him on a roll."
4. Two for Aho, Too
Had it not been for Svechnikov stealing the spotlight with another goal-of-the-year candidate, Sebastian Aho's first goal - specifically, the pass to set it up - would be the lead highlight of the evening.
Teuvo Teravainen corralled the puck and then fired a no-look, spin-o-rama pass to the front of the net, where Aho was waiting to tap it in.
Video: CAR@WPG: Aho knocks in Teravainen's perfect feed
Aho's reaction said it all: "Wow!"
"That was sick. That was unreal," he said after the game. "Even I had a hard time putting that in even though it was an empty-netter because I was as surprised as everyone."
Did Teravainen see him? I asked him, and he said he did, noting that Aho likes to sneak back-door.
"He's kind of an under-the-radar guy, but one of the higher-end skill players in the league," Brind'Amour said of Teravainen. "We get to see him, so we're spoiled, but he makes those plays regularly. He sees the ice so well."
Aho tallied his second goal of the second period nearly eight minutes later. Nino Niederreiter sauced a pass to find him open, with room to skate. Aho broke in alone, went backhand and slid the puck five-hole on Hellebuyck.
Video: CAR@WPG: Aho goes five-hole on the backhand
The game was Aho's third multi-goal performance in his last five, and he's now got a team-leading 20 goals on the season.
5. Fighting Back
Lucas Wallmark notched a power-play goal in the first period to open the scoring, but Winnipeg answered with just seven seconds left in the frame to tie the score heading into the intermission.
Video: CAR@WPG: Wallmark buries rebound for a PPG
In the second period, after Aho scored his first, Patrik Laine tied the game again, tipping in a point shot from Nathan Beaulieu.
In both instances, though, the Canes powered through and fought back, and that was the ultimate difference in the game.
"They got a late one, which can be hard, but we recovered well right into the second when we kind of took over," Staal said. "We kept moving forward and playing well."
"It was a solid game," Brind'Amour said. "I thought we had a pretty good first, and then they get a late one. I thought we dominated the second period - not dominated, but it was a real solid period. They get another to tie it up, and the guys didn't put their heads down or feel sorry for themselves. They just dug in and played a real solid game."
This 11-day, five-game road trip concludes in Denver on Thursday, when the Hurricanes take on the Colorado Avalanche.