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Aho, Teravainen deliver for Hurricanes in shootout victory

Darling makes 32 saves, helps end Predators' winning streak at four games

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen scored in the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Josh Jooris, Victor Rask and Justin Williams scored, and Scott Darling made 32 saves for the Hurricanes (10-8-4), who won for the first time in three games to finish 2-2-0 on their four-game homestand.

 

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Carolina killed a tripping penalty against Jordan Staal in overtime. Forward Joakim Nordstrom blocked two shots by P.K. Subban before clearing the puck as the penalty was expiring.

"That was big for us," Staal said. "Obviously, there is a lot of room out there 4-on-3. Nordstrom did a great job of eating a few, and he made a couple other good plays to get us the kill."

Viktor Arvidsson, Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith scored for the Predators (14-6-3), whose winning streak ended at four games. Juuse Saros made 33 saves in his first game since Nov. 4.

Video: NSH@CAR: Smith cashes in on Fiala's feed

Nashville tied the game 3-3 at 11:15 of the third period when Smith tapped in the loose puck at the left post after Kevin Fiala sent it toward the net from the right face-off circle.

"Letting in that third goal was my bad," Darling said. "We should have won in regulation. The boys sucked it up and did an extra five minutes of hard work for me and scored in the shootout."

The Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead at 3:37 of the first period when Jooris received a stretch pass from Marcus Kruger and scored on a backhand between Saros' legs.

Arvidsson tied it 1-1 at 15:36 with a nice individual move. He played the puck between his legs in the left circle before getting a step on defenseman Noah Hanifin and beating Darling to the far post with a wrist shot. 

Video: NSH@CAR: Ekholm records 100th point on PPG

"I thought that they were a little quicker than us in the first period," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "I thought the second and third period we played better, had our looks and had our chances."

Ekholm gave Nashville a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 10:32 of the second period. His wrist shot from the right circle deflected off Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce's stick.

Rask tied it 2-2 at 11:37. Saros stopped Hanifin's shot from the point, but Rask was at the left post to tap in the rebound on his backhand.

Video: NSH@CAR: Williams buries rebound for PPG

The Hurricanes went ahead 3-2 when Williams scored on the power play at 5:49 of the third period. Williams knocked down Derek Ryan's shot before poking in the loose puck from the top of the crease.

"It might have been the best game we've been involved in all year between both teams," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "They're a real good team, and we're a real good team when we play properly."

 

Goal of the game

Jooris' goal at 3:37 of the first period.

Video: NSH@CAR: Jooris goes five-hole to open scoring

 

Save of the game

Darling stopping Arvidsson at 8:37 of the second period.

Video: NSH@CAR: Darling stops Arvidsson's tip-in try

 

Highlight of the game

Arvidsson's goal at 15:36 of the first period.

Video: NSH@CAR: Arvidsson dangles, snipes top-shelf wrister

 

They said it

"I thought his performance today was excellent. This is a team that throws a lot of shots at the net. There is a lot going on for him. This might be one of the games where we gave up the most quality chances; it might be 26 or 27 quality chances. He played an excellent game." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on goalie Juuse Saros

 

"A little bit of Finn-on-Finn there. They know Saros, and that's always a disadvantage, or an advantage. I said to Aho, 'Do you own this guy?' He said, 'Yeah, I do.' Teravainen has been outstanding offensively, his compete level has improved from last year to this year. He said the same thing." -- Hurricanes coach Bill Peters on choosing Finland-born forwards Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen for the shootout against countryman Saros

 

"We know where that (eighth-place) line is, and we know we're beneath it. Games in hand are only good if you win them or bank points. We've let a few slip away the last couple games. We got one tonight, but it's time to go punch in, get some wins, and get to work." -- Hurricanes forward Justin Williams on the Eastern Conference standings

 

Need to know

Saros' only prior NHL shootout was a 2-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Dec. 17, 2016. …  Darling made a save on Filip Forsberg in the second round of the shootout. Predators center Kyle Turris missed the net in the first round. … Teravainen's shootout goal was the first of his NHL career; he was 0-for-3.

 

What's next

Predators: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Teravainen, Darling lift Hurricanes to SO win

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