December 18, 2019 / 4:01 AM / a month ago

Aho's three points lead Hurricanes past Jets

EditorsNote: adds to second graf, changes to “Josh Morrisey” in ninth graf

Dec 17, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (13) jostles for position with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neal Pionk (4) during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sebastian Aho collected two goals and an assist, and Andrei Svechnikov scored a lacrosse-style goal as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes breezed to a 6-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday.

Captain Jordan Staal scored twice, Lucas Wallmark added a power-play tally and Petr Mrazek finished with 30 saves for the Hurricanes, who improved to 5-0-1 in their past six games. Dougie Hamilton contributed three assists, and Nino Niederreiter had two helpers.

Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele scored his team-leading 16th goal to extend his point streak to seven games, and Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic also tallied.

Connor Hellebuyck yielded five goals on 23 shots before being relieved by Laurent Brossoit, who finished with four saves as the Jets saw their five-game home winning streak come to a halt.

After Laine deflected home defenseman Nathan Beaulieu’s shot from the point to forge a tie at 2 at 12:18 of the second period, Svechnikov showed some creativity en route to regaining the lead for Carolina just 52 seconds later.

The 19-year-old Russian skated out from behind the net before lifting the puck on his stick and tucking it between Hellebuyck’s right side and the post.

Aho doubled the advantage just over 3 1/2 minutes later by backhanding the puck between Hellebuyck’s pads to boost his team-leading goal total to 20, with seven coming in his past five games.

Staal cleaned up a rebound to conclude Carolina’s four-goal uprising in the second period, and then he capped his two-goal performance by scoring deep in the left circle at 3:16 of the third.

Carolina made Winnipeg pay after defenseman Josh Morrisey was whistled for a delay of game late in the first period. Wallmark converted on the ensuing power play to open the scoring with 1:37 remaining. Wallmark cleaned up a loose puck for his fifth goal of the season after Niederreiter lost the handle.

Roslovic answered with eight seconds remaining in the first after redirecting Nikolaj Ehlers’ shot from the point, but Carolina regained the advantage at 8:39 of the second.

Teuvo Teravainen’s spinning pass found Finnish countryman Aho at the back post for an easy conversion. Teravainen’s assist was his club-best 27th of the season and eighth in his past five contests.

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