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Hurricanes score eight, defeat Senators to end four-game losing streak

Aho has two goals for Carolina; Ottawa denied third straight win

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Aho buries SHG on breakaway

OTT@CAR: Aho steals puck, scores SHG on breakaway

Sebastian Aho steals the puck, skates in alone on a breakaway and beats Anders Nilsson for a shorthanded goal in the 2nd period

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho scored two goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes ended a four-game losing streak with an 8-2 win against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena on Monday.

Joel Edmundson had a goal and two assists, and Ryan Dzingel, Warren Foegele and Martin Necas each had a goal and an assist for Carolina (10-7-1), which was outscored 17-7 during the skid, including a 4-1 loss at Ottawa on Saturday. Petr Mrazek made 26 saves.

"It's nice to see the puck go in," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "The last couple weeks here, it's been tough sledding finding the back of the net. Tonight, we were able to capitalize on our chances."

 

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Colin White and Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators (6-10-1), who were denied a third straight win. Anders Nilsson was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on 19 shots; Craig Anderson made 20 saves in relief.

"We were skating and the puck found the back of the net, and every mistake we made just kind of compounded, and that happens sometimes," Ottawa coach D.J. Smith said. "They're a real good team at home. We're just going to move on."

Aho scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 4:06 of the second period to give the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead. He batted in a rebound of Edmundson's shot off the end boards for a 6-1 lead at 1:07 of the third.

"He was around the puck," Brind'Amour said. "I see that he was a little more conscious of the full game; I think everyone was. It was nice to see him get rewarded because he's definitely been pressing."

Video: OTT@CAR: Aho puts home carom off the boards

Foegele gave the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead 44 seconds into the game when his shot from the right circle deflected off Chris Tierney's skate and trickled past Nilsson.

Necas scored a power-play goal at 17:55 of the first to make it 2-0.

"We didn't like at all our first period in Ottawa, so this was us setting the bar for ourselves," Aho said. "That's the mentality and the work we have to do every game."

Haydn Fleury extended the lead to 4-0 at 12:45 of the second period when his pass redirected off Erik Brannstrom's stick and past Nilsson on the short side.

Smith pulled Nilsson after Fleury's goal.

"He's been outstanding for us; it was nothing to do with him," Smith said. "It's just four is enough. It's a bad break off a stick. It is what it is.

"This is a process here, and that's a learning experience. That's a team that we beat the other day and they were upset. They came back hard today."

Dougie Hamilton scored from the slot with a shot under the crossbar at 16:25 to make it 5-0.

Video: OTT@CAR: Hamilton roofs a wicked wrist shot

White took advantage of a misplay behind the net by Mrazek and tucked the puck in on the backhand to make it 5-1 at 18:25 of the second period.

Tkachuk poked in a loose puck at 9:54 of the third to make it 6-2.

Dzingel scored at 13:16 to give Carolina a 7-2 lead, and Edmundson scored his first goal with the Hurricanes at 17:47 for the 8-2 final.

"That took a while, but I'm happy to help my team out," said Edmundson, who was acquired in a trade that sent Justin Faulk to the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 24. "We came ready to play. We played a full 60 minutes. If we do that, most nights we will get the result we want."

 

They said it

"We practice hard, we've played hard every day. I'm not going to look too far into this. We'll get back to work tomorrow and back to work against (the) New Jersey (Devils) on Wednesday." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"We haven't been scoring a lot of goals in the past couple games and we've been losing, so it's good for everyone to get a good feel. We played the right way tonight and we got rewarded for it." -- Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton

 

Need to know

Ottawa is 1-6-1 on the road. … The Senators were 0-for-3 on the power play and are 0-for-13 in the past four games. ... Carolina outshot Ottawa 19-13 in the third period. … Forward Andrei Svechnikov and defenseman Brett Pesce each had two assists for the Hurricanes. … Hamilton is tied with John Carlson of the Washington Capitals for most goals by a defenseman (eight). … Aho had a plus-4 rating; he was minus-4 Saturday. … Carolina center Eetu Luostarinen got his first NHL point with an assist on Fleury's goal. It was his third game.

 

What's next

Senators: At the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN360, TVAS, MSG, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: At the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

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