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Ward makes 48 saves for Hurricanes in win against Oilers

Staal has goal, three assists to help hand Edmonton fourth straight loss

by Derek Van Diest / NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Cam Ward made 48 saves, and Jordan Staal had a goal and three assists for the Carolina Hurricanes in 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.

Teuvo Teravainen scored twice in the first period, and Elias Lindholm and Jaccob Slavin also scored for the Hurricanes (2-1-1) in the second of a four-game road trip.

Mark Letestu, Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic scored for Edmonton (1-4-0), who have lost four straight games. Laurent Brossoit made 16 saves.

 

[WATCH: All Hurricanes vs. Oilers highlights]

 

"We started on time and then we just got sloppy and got a little rattled with a too many men on the ice penalty, took a few penalties when we had possession of the puck, and we turned it over," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "We turned it over too much and made it real hard on ourselves, and therefore, gave up 50-plus shots." 

Teravainen scored on the first shot, 20 seconds into the game to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. He scored his second on the power play at 4:53 to put the Hurricanes ahead 2-0. Lindholm gave Carolina a 3-0 lead with 1:20 remaining in the period on the power play. 

"Coming out with 3-0 after the first is always nice," Staal said. "We made it interesting again, but we'll continue to learn from those ones. They're a very dangerous team so they can make a push back and they did a good job of trying to climb back into it, but I thought [Ward] ended up finishing them off at the end." 

Video: CAR@EDM: Teravainen pots first two goals of season

Letestu scored on the power play at 17:11 of the second period to make it 3-1 on a scramble in front of Ward.

Staal gave the Hurricanes a 4-1 lead, scoring shorthanded at 4:03 of the third period.

"It's tough to win games when you give up two or three goals and then you start playing," Oilers defenseman Oscar Klefbom said. "It's really bad right now. When Brossoit comes in we have to help him out better and play a solid game. It was not a good game. Everybody in this room knows we have better."

Strome scored at 5:03 on the same tripping penalty to Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk to make it 4-2. Strome tipped a pass from Jussi Jokinen by Ward for his first goal with the Oilers.

"It's backbreaking when you have an opportunity to get to within a goal on the power play and the next thing you know you are down another," Lucic said. "Our power play has to be better. Special teams is a lot of times what games come down to and we gave up two while we were shorthanded and one when they were."

Strome got his first assist with Edmonton at 8:06, setting up Lucic to make it 4-3. 

The Oilers came close to tying the game, but Ward made two saves before Slavin scored at 10:36 to make it 5-3.

Video: CAR@EDM: Strome redirects feed past Ward for PPG

 

Goal of the game

Faulk passed the puck to Staal at the side of the net and he slid it to Lindholm for an easy tap-in.

Video: CAR@EDM: Lindholm notches impressive power-play goal

 

Save of the game

Ward stopped Oilers forward Patrick Maroon on a breakaway at 9:40 of the third period to keep the score 4-3.

Video: CAR@EDM: Ward makes clutch pad save to deny Maroon

 

Highlight of the game

Staal scored the game-winning goal on a shorthanded breakaway. He forced a turnover at the blue line, skated down the ice and beat Brossoit with a quick shot.

Video: CAR@EDM: Staal buries shorthanded breakaway goal

 

They said it

"Ugly power plays now are scoring and that's how we got our power-play goals. The killer is the shorthanded one. We throw a grenade to a [defenseman's] feet and he doesn't keep the puck in front of him and they're gone the other way just when we're establishing some momentum in the game." -- Oilers coach Todd McLellan 

 

"I've been trying to stay sharp for practice and do what you can when you get an opportunity. Scott Darling has been playing great for us and tonight is a night off for him and I get to play in my hometown. It's good to get a win in front of family and friends and move on to Calgary." -- Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward on his first start of the season

 
Need to know

Ward's NHL career high was 57 saves in a 4-3 win at the New York Islanders on Oct. 25, 2008. … Staal matched an NHL career high with four points. 

 

What's next

Hurricanes: At the Calgary Flames on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SNF, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Oilers: At the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday (8:30 p.m. ET; SN1, WGN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Teravainen, Staal lead Canes to 5-3 win vs. Oilers

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