The Carolina Hurricanes set a new team mark with a 10th straight win. Rod Brind’Amour’s men beat the Florida Panthers 4-0 on Friday.
Antti Raanta had a second straight shutout for Carolina making 19 saves.
Carolina is unstoppable, having now won 15 of its last 16 games, and amassed at least one point in those 16 games. Carolina also shut out opponents four times during its 10-game winning streak.
The numerical advantage of the Canes wreaked havoc in this duel, scoring three goals in four occasions. Stefan Noesen first opened the scoring in the first half by pushing a Sebastian Aho return into a gaping cage.
In the middle period, Andrei Svechnikov doubled his lead with his 19th goal of the season. Brent Burns picked up his second assist on the streak.
The Canes’ second five-man attack unit then joined in the fun. Teuvo Teravainen was overlooked at the mouth of the net and easily added another goal to the Hurricanes lead.
After getting an assist on Teravainen’s goal, Jesperi Kotkaniemi couldn’t get enough. The former Habs first choice moved the ropes for the sixth time this season. Seth Jarvis collected a second assist on the Hurricanes’ fourth goal.
Devils unlock with Hughes brace; Malkin 2nd in Russian scoring
Jack Hughes scored twice, including an empty-net goal, to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2.
This victory comes at a good time for New Jersey, which has won only three of its last ten games. Jack Hughes stood out with the Devils’ first and last goals, while Dougie Hamilton and Nico Hischier also scored.
In front of the New Jersey cage, Vitek Vanecek had a good outing, stopping 25 of 27 shots aimed at him.
For their part, the Penguins suffered a fourth consecutive loss, and they allowed 18 goals during this sequence. It was their last game before the 2023 Discover Winter Classic against the Bruins at Fenway Park on Monday.
Late in the first period, Evgeni Malkin broke the deadlock by beating Vitek Vanecek on the breakaway to score. It was his 1,180th point in the NHL, moving him past Sergei Fedorov for 2nd most points by a Russian player in league history.
The Devils responded in the second period. Jack Hughes broke the Penguins’ lead with a good wrist shot on the power play. This was his 19e goal of the season.
Midway through the game, veteran Jeff Carter took advantage of a breakthrough at the net by Pierre-Olivier Joseph to restore the Penguins to a one-goal lead.
After watching Dougie Hamilton tie the game 2-2, Nico Hischier found the back of the net shorthanded to give the Devils the first lead of the game.
Hughes scored the insurance goal into an empty net in the closing seconds of the third period. The striker has accumulated 83 points in 70 games since 1er January 2022, a high in a year for the Devils since Taylor Hall and his 94 points in 2018.