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Aho has two goals, assist, Hurricanes defeat Red Wings

Hamilton, Slavin each scores three points, Mrazek wins 15th straight at home for Carolina

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

Aho's second of the period

DET@CAR: Aho nets loose puck for second goal

Sebastian Aho chips home a loose puck that ricochets off the end boards, making it a 5-2 game with his second goal of the 2nd period

  • 01:15 •

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho had two goals and an assist for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 7-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings at PNC Arena on Friday.

Andrei Svechnikov scored his fifth goal in the past three games, and Dougie Hamilton and Jaccob Slavin each had three assists for the Hurricanes (9-3-1), who have won three in a row. Petr Mrazek made 29 saves for his 15th straight home win, which includes the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"From the coaching aspect, it was kind of loosely played, but it's also good to know we can win games like that," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "It goes up and down, a little bit of a track meet but we were able to put enough in."


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Anthony Mantha had two goals and Andreas Athanasiou had two assists for the Red Wings (4-9-1), who are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games. Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on 21 shots and was pulled in the second period. Jonathan Bernier made 11 saves in relief.

"They're very, very aggressive, so if you can get pucks behind them, you're going to get chances," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "But we weren't good enough defensively. We had too many individual errors and we weren't hard enough around our net."

The Hurricanes took a 4-2 lead at 8:28 of the second period when Martin Necas scored his third of the season, and Aho's second of the game made it 5-2 at 11:03.

Video: DET@CAR: Aho shovels home rebound in front

Tyler Bertuzzi redirected Dylan Larkin's elevated pass from the right boards to cut it to 5-3 at 16:12, but Brock McGinn scored shorthanded to extend the lead to 6-3 at 1:49 of the third period.

"That was a big moment in the game because it could have gone the other way and the momentum might have switched," Brind'Amour said. "But that kind of put the game away."

Teuvo Teravainen scored into an empty net at 16:38 for the 7-3 final.

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead at 7:15 of the first period when Slavin slipped a short pass to Svechnikov for a backhand from the low slot.

Video: DET@CAR: Svechnikov nets Slavin's nice pass

Mantha's team-leading eighth goal of the season tied the game 1-1 at 16:52. Athanasiou stickhandled around Hamilton in the left circle and passed across the slot to Mantha for a one-timer.

Aho gave the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead 27 seconds into the second period when he tapped in a loose rebound in the crease.

"When he gets hot, he gets hot, so I think this is just the start for him and he's going to continue to light it up," McGinn said.

The Red Wings lost a challenge for goaltender interference on Aho's goal, and the Hurricanes capitalized on the resulting power play. Nino Niederreiter followed his own shot to make it 3-1 at 1:48.

Video: DET@CAR: Niederreiter credited with PPG down low

"It's a two-goal swing, so it certainly turned on that," Blashill said. "When you make those decisions, you've got to feel that the call on the ice is dead wrong in the sense that there was goalie interference. That's what we felt. It's a hard rule for the consequence of the penalty."

Mantha scored his second of the game five seconds into a power play on a one-timer to cut Carolina's lead to 3-2 at 8:02.

Video: DET@CAR: Mantha nets second goal on power play


They said it 

"The puck's gone in for [Mantha] a lot, and he's a guy who, when he gets opportunities, he believes he's going to score. I think he's been more consistent in his skating and his approach, but I still think there's growth, and there's growth for a number of our players, so we're going to have to find a way to be better tomorrow." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill 

"You can't do it all by yourself out there. It's a team game, and if you play with good players, you're going to do well. You try to complement each other. Everyone does well that way. If you play with good players, you're going to have more opportunities and more points." -- defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who leads the Hurricanes with 16 points (six goals, 10 assists)


Need to know 

Mantha has six goals in eight games against Carolina. … Forward Brendan Perlini had three shots in 13:46 in his Red Wings debut. … Athanasiou had a minus-4 rating … Slavin had his 100th NHL assist. … Hamilton's point streak reached a NHL career-best six games (two goals, six assists). … Aho has eight points (four goals, four assists) in the past seven games after scoring one goal in the first six.


What's next 

Red Wings: At the Florida Panthers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-D+, NHL.TV) 

Hurricanes: Host the New Jersey Devils on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, MSG, NHL.TV)

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