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Svechnikov helps Hurricanes rally past Flames

Scores twice in third period, including lacrosse-style goal; Mrazek wins 14th straight at home

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

Svechnikov's jaw-dropping goal

CGY@CAR: Svechnikov scores lacrosse-style goal

Andrei Svechnikov takes the puck behind the net, lifts it on to his stick and wraps it into the top shelf for a gorgeous lacrosse-style goal

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Andrei Svechnikov scored twice in the third period, including a lacrosse-style goal, to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Svechnikov tied the game 1-1 at 9:13 when he got the puck behind Calgary's net, lifted it up on the blade of his stick, and tucked it in between David Rittich's mask and the post.

"I actually practiced this move this morning, so it's a great try for me," said Svechnikov, who learned the move from his brother, Evgeny, a forward with the Detroit Red Wings. "I tried last year (against the New York Islanders), and I tried a couple years ago in the [Ontario Hockey League], but I got the crossbar."


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Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said, "He practices it every day for the last two years, and he did it, I'm sure, as a kid. He never misses it in practice. It was just a matter of time before it was going to happen. Obviously, it was at a huge moment when we needed it."

Petr Mrazek made 28 saves to win his 14th straight home start, including the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, for the Hurricanes (8-3-1).

"There were a lot of chances early in the game, but in the third period, I didn't think we gave them much," Mrazek said. "We were pushing hard."

Video: CAR@CGY: Svechnikov fires second goal past Rittich

Elias Lindholm scored, and Rittich made 26 saves for the Flames (6-6-2).

"They were skating better than us, they were all over us," Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk said. "We weren't necessarily sitting back, but they took it to us and had all the momentum in the world, and [Svechnikov] scored an awesome goal there." 

Svechnikov gave Carolina a 2-1 lead at 12:35 of the third on the power play when his wrist shot went through a screen by Erik Haula and inside the right post.

"We took two penalties, they got momentum and scored on a turnover," Flames coach Bill Peters said. "Then they scored on the penalty, an inconsequential play in the neutral zone for the game-winner." 

Lindholm gave Calgary a 1-0 lead at 13:04 of the first period with a one-timer in the high slot off a pass from Johnny Gaudreau.

"I thought we had our looks, too," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "When you score one (goal), mistakes get magnified. So it's a tough way to lose."

Mikael Backlund appeared to make it 2-0 at 14:52 of the first, but Brind'Amour challenged the play for offside, and the call was reversed after video review.

Video: CGY@CAR: Mrzaek makes incredible skate save


They said it 

"You have to give them credit, they're obviously a great team, but I think we can be cleaner with our breakouts and execution. At the end of the day, it was a hard-fought game. They get a pretty nice play by [Andrei Svechnikov] behind the net and a power-play goal, so that was the difference." -- Flames captain Mark Giordano

"It's going to be tough for [Svechnikov] to get that (shot) off again. Everybody knows about it now, but he's a special player who has a special talent and he was able to show it tonight. The confidence, that's a huge thing for a young kid, to know you can actually make these plays and do these things. Once you put that in your back pocket, the sky is kind of the limit." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour

"I can't do it. He was trying to teach me, and I had no chance. You need time and space, and it was a perfect opportunity for him. It was awesome." -- Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton on Svechnikov's goal


Need to know 

Lindholm extended his point streak to four games (three goals, one assist). … Calgary was held without a power-play goal for the first time in four games. ... Hamilton had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (two goals, three assists). … The game marked the 20th anniversary of Carolina's first home game in Raleigh, a 4-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at what was then known as the Entertainment and Sports Arena.


What's next 

Flames: At the Nashville Predators on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS, TS-TN, NHL.TV) 

Hurricanes: Host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-D, NHL.TV)

Video: Svechnikov, Mrazek lead Hurricanes to 2-1 victory

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