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Recap: Canes Score Four Straight Goals to Rally Past Coyotes

Svechnikov, Aho each tally two goals and an assist in 5-3 win

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Fueled by four straight goals, including a pair from Andrei Svechnikov, the Carolina Hurricanes rallied past the Arizona Coyotes, 5-3.

In addition to his two goals, Svechnikov added a primary assist, while Sebastian Aho also contributed two goals and an assist.

Here are five takeaways from the second game of the Canes' road trip.

1. Digging In

The Hurricanes, to a man, did not have the desperation necessary to overcome the defending Stanley Cup champions on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Two nights later, they faced a 2-0 deficit against a team square in the mix of a playoff race in the Western Conference.

"It's easy to say, 'Oh, man. Here we go again. Bad breaks, this and that,'" head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The guys didn't. They hunkered down."

Digging in - and doing so with a dangerous offensive trio - was the difference for the Canes, who countered the Coyotes' early assault with four straight goals.

"We've got to keep grinding," Aho said. "We have to do it right, and we did it right tonight."

For the fourth straight game, the Canes surrendered the first goal of the game, but it wasn't an early goal, and it wasn't as if the Canes had a slow, lackluster start.

No, it was a fluky bounce, unintentional friendly fire, as the Coyotes grabbed a 1-0 lead with a little more than four minutes left in the first period. Alex Goligoski's shot took a bounce off Aho's stick blade, split Derek Stepan's wickets and beat James Reimer.

"I didn't love our first. It wasn't bad," Brind'Amour said. "We had a couple bad bounces there, and then we get down two."

Four minutes into the second period, the Coyotes doubled their lead when Christian Dvorak cleaned up a rebound on the power play.

In search of some offense, Brind'Amour, with a suggestion from assistant coach Jeff Daniels, tweaked the forward lines and loaded up with the trio of Aho, Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen.

The result? The line combined to score three of the team's four goals, the first coming just 60 seconds after the Coyotes stretched their lead on the power play.

That helped stifle momentum, and from there, the Canes' three most offensive talents went to work.

"From the first shift, we got good momentum and a couple chances. I think it was the second shift that Svech scored," Aho said. "That gives you a little boost in confidence, and we kept building on that."

"I think that was the difference in the game. That line was pretty dynamic," Brind'Amour said. "They got us back in the game."

2. Yeah Svech

Andrei Svechnikov smiled and said he was "unbelievable" after the game. And why not?

Svechnikov was the spark that ignited the Hurricanes' offense for three straight goals in the second period. The 19-year-old sophomore forward scored two virtually identical goals, chipping in rebounds on the near-side doorstep.

Svechnikov scored his 21st goal of the season - surpassing the 20 he scored in his rookie campaign - by cleaning up a rebound off Haydn Fleury's point shot.

Video: CAR@ARI: Svechnikov sweeps up Fleury's rebound

About six minutes later, Trevor van Riemsdyk's shot from the point was redirected in the slot by Aho. Svechnikov fought his way through Derek Stepan to again knock in the rebound and give the Canes a 3-2 lead.

Video: CAR@ARI: Svechnikov pushes rebound past Raanta

"It's a little bit lucky, right?" Svechnikov said. Sure, but you have to go to the net to create that luck. "Obviously you have to go to the net. That's the point, you know?"

"He's an awesome guy to play with," Aho said. "He's got speed and skill. He can score goals."

Svechnikov twice in the third period had grade-A looks for the hat trick - one a partial breakaway and the other an actual breakaway - but twice Antti Raanta denied the teenager his first-career three-goal game.

"Almost, but not. It's all right. I had so many chances but didn't score," Svechnikov said. "The most important thing is we won that game."

3. Two for Aho, Too

Just as Svechnikov netted two goals in the second period, so too did Sebastian Aho do the same in the third.

The first, the fourth straight goal the Canes scored, came just 63 seconds into the third period. Trailing the play on Svechnikov's first bid for the hat trick, a partial breakaway, Aho received a pass from Svechnikov on his own rebound and converted the scoring opportunity.

Video: CAR@ARI: Aho puts home the feed from Svechnikov

In the last minute of regulation, Aho raced the puck down the ice and found the empty net, his 29ith goal of the season, to seal the victory for the Canes.

Aho now has points in five straight games (5g, 3a) and goals in four straight.

Speaking of streaks, Jaccob Slavin scored a goal - a one-time rocket off a feed from Ryan Dzingel - to extend his point streak to five games (1g, 4a).

Video: CAR@ARI: Slavin finishes off the feed from Dzingel

4. Reimer Stands Tall

There wasn't much James Reimer could do on two of the three goals the Coyotes scored. The first was inadvertently tipped in by Aho. The third was going well wide of the net, but Conor Garland was in the right place at the right time to deflect the puck in.

Reimer turned away 30 of the 31 other shots he faced.

Early in the second period, he scooted across the crease to extend the left pad and deny a grade-A scoring opportunity for Garland. In the third period, he preserved his team's two-goal advantage with a trio of sharp saves, the first two with the left pad and the third with the glove.

Video: CAR@ARI: Reimer shuts the door on Garland

"He was really good," Brind'Amour said. "He was the difference for us tonight."

Reimer is now 5-0-1 in his last six starts. 

5. Martinook Sidelined with Upper-Body Injury

Jordan Martinook didn't return for the third period on Tuesday, did not practice on Wednesday and was held out of the lineup on Thursday with an upper-body injury.

"That might not be an injury that's day-to-day," Brind'Amour said before the game. "I think it might be a little longer, unfortunately."

The Canes have been rotating forwards out of the lineup since Justin Williams' return, a rotation now that will be paused until Martinook works his way back to full health.

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