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Recap: Canes Storm Past Senators

14 skaters record points in 8-2 win

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Fourteen different skaters recorded points for the Carolina Hurricanes, who drubbed the Ottawa Senators, 8-2, to halt a four-game skid.

Joel Edmundson finished with a game-high three points (1g, 2a), his first with the Canes, and Sebastian Aho netted two goals.

Here are five takeaways from Monday night in Raleigh.

1. Bouncing Back

After a dud of a 60 minutes in Ottawa on Saturday that resulted in a 4-1 loss for the Canes, head coach Rod Brind'Amour said it was "soul-search time" for his club.

"We'll see what this group is made of next game," he said.

The result? Yeah, pretty good.

The Canes worked for and earned their bounces and had no trouble finding the back of the net in an 8-2 rout of the Senators.

Video: Storm Surge vs. OTT

"It was a pretty solid game all the way from start to finish," Brind'Amour said. "It's nice to see the puck go in. The last couple of weeks here it's been tough sledding finding the back of the net. Tonight, we were able to capitalize on our chances, which is nice."

"I think we came ready to play tonight," Edmundson said. "We played a full 60 minutes. If we do that, most nights we'll get the result we want."

2. Off and Running

It took the Hurricanes just 44 seconds to get on the board, a harbinger of the good fortunate to follow in the remaining 59:16 of game time.

Warren Foegele's shot ricocheted off Chris Tierney's left skate and snuck under Andres Nilsson, dribbling just over the goal line.

Video: OTT@CAR: Foegele scores early goal from the circle

"We haven't had the best starts recently, and that was one of our main focuses going into tonight," Edmundson said. "We had a lot of energy going into the game, and we were excited to play."

The Canes doubled their lead later in the first on the power play. Jake Gardiner had his point shot blocked by Vladislav Namestnikov, and the puck ended up on the tape of Necas, who buried his fourth goal of the season.

Video: OTT@CAR: Necas beats Nilsson for power-play goal

3. Edmundson's First Points

"That took a while," Joel Edmundson, after having been named first star of the game, smiled in his locker stall.

In the third period of his 18th game with the Hurricanes, Edmundson pitched in with his first three points of the season - a goal and a pair of helpers.

"I don't really focus on the points, but after 15 or however many games it's been, it starts to creep into your mind," he admitted. "I was just happy to help out the team tonight."

Edmundson recorded the primary assist on third-period goals from Sebastian Aho and Ryan Dzingel before adding a goal of his own in the waning minutes of the game, a clapper from the point that zipped past Craig Anderson and added an exclamation point to the Canes' dominant victory.

Video: OTT@CAR: Edmundson blasts heavy one-time slap shot

"He's worked really hard and been a great fit for our team," Brind'Amour said. "You like to see everybody get rewarded. He's been real good, and that was nice to see."

4. Two for Aho

Sebastian Aho scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season early in the second and third periods, respectively, and finished plus-4 just two nights after a minus-4 performance in Ottawa.

"I liked my game tonight, and I want to be even better and build on that," he said.

Just over four minutes into the second period, Aho raced down the ice on a shorthanded breakaway and buried a shot blocker side on Nilsson to make it a 3-0 game. The shorthanded tally was Aho's second of the season and seventh of his career; Aho has scored six of those seven shorthanded goals since the beginning of last season, the second-most in the league in that span.

Video: OTT@CAR: Aho steals puck, scores SHG on breakaway

Then, only 67 seconds into the third period, Aho netted his second of the game in baseball fashion to increase his team's lead to 6-1. Edmundson's point shot deflected up into the air, and Aho tracked the puck, whacking it out of mid-air on its way back down to the ice.

Video: OTT@CAR: Aho puts home carom off the boards

"He was around the puck," Brind'Amour said. "He was a little more conscious of the full game, and I think everyone was."

5. Getting Everyone Involved

With 14 different Canes skaters touching the scoresheet, nearly everyone got in on the fun.

Haydn Fleury tallied his second goal of the season (and his career), a centering feed labeled for Andrei Svechnikov that instead floated in off the reaching stick of Erik Brannstrom and chased Nilsson from the crease.

Video: OTT@CAR: Fleury scores off defender's stick

Dougie Hamilton also found the back of the net, in case you a wild idea that he might be left out. His eighth of the season, tied for the league lead among all defensemen, was a bullet of a wrist shot from between the top of the circles. Since joining the Canes at the start of last season, no defenseman in the league has more goals than Hamilton (26).

Video: OTT@CAR: Hamilton roofs a wicked wrist shot

Ryan Dzingel also scored a goal against his former team, tapping in a heady feed from Edmundson in the latter half of the third period.

Video: OTT@CAR: Dzingel finishes feed from Edmundson

"Good things happen when we [play our game]," Edmundson said.

"That's kind of how it should look when you're getting a lot of chances, you should get a few that kind of bounce your way," Brind'Amour said.

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