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Ducks hold off Hurricanes

Ryan Kesler, Jakob Silfverberg each score twice to give Carolina third straight loss

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jakob Silfverberg had two goals and two assists to help the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots for the Ducks (7-5-3), who have points in four straight games (3-0-1). Ryan Kesler had two goals and Andrew Cogliano had two assists, totaling eight points for Anaheim's checking line.

"We use that line quite a bit - Silfverberg, Kesler and Cogliano," Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "They're depended on to not only check but to provide offense. We think they're one of the top checking lines in the League, but they still can make a contribution on offensive side of it."

 

WATCH: All Ducks vs. Hurricanes highlights

 

Ryan Getzlaf got his 532nd NHL assist to pass Teemu Selanne for first place on Anaheim's all-time list.

The Hurricanes (3-6-4) have lost three in a row.

Kesler gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 4:46 of the second period with his fifth goal of the season. From behind the net, Cogliano put a perfect backhand pass on Kesler's stick in the slot for a quick goal.

The Ducks made it 2-0 at 9:30 after a strong shift in the offensive zone. After Cam Fowler shot wide, Silfverberg was alone in front to jump on the rebound and finish on the forehand.

Video: ANA@CAR: Silfverberg doubles the Ducks' advantage

Silfverberg scored again at 12:36 to make it 3-0 after Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce fumbled the puck inside the offensive blue line. Silfverberg got ahead of Pesce after the turnover and beat Cam Ward to the far post.

"By the end of the shift, I was pretty tired," Silfverberg said. "We were kind of neck-and-neck, and I tried to shield the puck. As I got closer to the net, I tried to shoot it, and it managed to sneak in on the far side. Obviously a good goal for me. I'll take it."

Teuvo Teravainen stopped Anaheim's momentum with his third goal of the season at 14:58. After winning a faceoff, he went to the slot, where he redirected Jaccob Slavin's point shot to cut the Ducks lead to 3-1.

Victor Rask scored his fifth of the season at 3:15 of the third period to pull the Hurricanes within 3-2. After a hard-working forecheck by Lee Stempniak to keep the puck below the goal line, Jeff Skinner spun and found Rask, who finished from the left side of the net.

Bernier made several big saves down the stretch, including one on a backhand by Phil DiGiuseppe with 6:26 left in the game.

Kesler scored an empty-net goal with 26 seconds remaining.

Video: ANA@CAR: Kesler nets a great feed for opening strike

 

Goal of the game

Silfverberg's second goal was impressive not only for jumping on the turnover, but for the finish. Pesce managed to knock him off his feet as he got the shot off from the right circle, but Silfverberg slipped the puck past the far post.

Video: ANA@CAR: Silfverberg slides his second goal past Ward

 

Save of the Game

With 1:00 remaining in the second period, Jordan Staal had a wraparound chance with Bernier covering the left post. But the Anaheim goaltender dove across the crease, leading with his glove to block the stuff attempt.

Video: ANA@CAR: Bernier lays out to stop the wraparound

 

Unsung moment of the Game

The penalty kill came up big when Bernier was called for high-sticking with 6:21 remaining in the game. Cogliano had a big clear, and the Ducks limited the Hurricanes to one shot.

 

Highlight of the Game

The Hurricanes had several chances to tie the game late, but none better than Rask's bid from the slot with 12:20 remaining. Bernier flashed the right pad to stop a shot headed for just inside the left post.

Video: ANA@CAR: Bernier stones Rask at the doorstep

 

They said it 

"Teemu is such a friend and a mentor to all of us. It's a big thing. I don't know if it would have meant as much passing certain guys, [except for] the fact that I played with Teemu so long, and I the amount of respect that I have for him." -- Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf on surpassing Teemu Selanne for the Anaheim all-time assist record

 

Video: ANA@CAR: Kesler hits empty-net goal for his second

 

"We're finding ways to scratch points out. That's the most important thing. We knew this was a young and energetic hockey club. They were going to force you to skate and they did that. You don't come in here and think it's going to be an easy one, that's for sure." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

 

Video: ANA@CAR: Bernier makes incredible save on Di Giuseppe

 

"The three-goal lead is a big lead. We have seen them a lot at the beginning of the season, and they aren't going away any time soon. Those are the mistakes that end up hurting you." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters

 

Video: ANA@CAR: Teravainen redirects shot, scores

 

Need to know

Silfverberg had a four-point game last season against the New Jersey Devils. ... Carolina forward Bryan Bickell missed the game with an illness. ... Bernier has won two in a row, after getting a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. ... Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was plus-3 in 19:01 of ice time in his second game of the season.

 

What's next

Ducks: At the Nashville Predators on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Home against the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-SE, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Kesler, Silfverberg collect two each in 4-2 win

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