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Hurricanes 6, Ducks 3

Six different goal scorers again for Carolina in the win.

Anaheim Ducks v Carolina Hurricanes
RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 11: Jack Drury #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrates a goal during the second period of the game against the Anaheim Ducks at PNC Arena on January 11, 2024 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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The Carolina Hurricanes started out strongly, faded a bit in the second period, but closed out very well as they defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 6-3 on Thursday night at the PNC.

The Canes only allowed one shot on goal in the first period as they jumped to a 2-0 lead.

The two goals were scored on perfect, 1-2-3 passing plays. Brady Skjei broke in alone and Seth Jarvis found him to open the scoring.

Aho then found Svechnikov who made no mistake, and the home team was cooking.

The second period was a different story though as the Ducks scored three times, the first coming just 25 seconds into the period.

The Canes answered a minute and change later when Jarvis floated a perfect pass to Jordan Martinook, who knocked it in to make it 3-1.

This game was number 600 in Martinook’s career and he played very well.

The Ducks weren’t going away though and scored twice in a row to tie the game at three apiece. The last one was right off a faceoff to open a powerplay chance for them.

After that, it was all Carolina.

Michael Bunting sent the puck toward the net and Stephan Noesen beat John Gibson to give the Canes the lead again.

Sam Carrick boarded Jack Drury 14:44 into the second period and was immediately challenged by Brendan Lemieux. Both players were assessed five minute fighting majors while Carrick got the extra two for boarding.

This got everyone fired up and Carolina would score on the ensuing powerplay when Noesen found Jack Drury in front of the net.

Jarvis would tip in a Brent Burns shot to close out the scoring midway through the third.

The Hurricanes clamped down defensively and only allowed three shots on goal during that final period.

Both starting goalies left the game early, both with upper body injuries.

Pyotr Kochetkov was helped off the ice as he was the recipient of a heavy hit when a Duck was pushed (or guided) into him. It was a hard hit and it would not be surprising if he suffered a concussion. After the game, Brind’Amour did not have an update on the goalie’s status.

Antti Raanta came in and played well the rest of the way, though he only faced three shots.

The win gives the Hurricanes a 23-13-5 record and leaves them just three points behind the Rangers in the Metropolitan.

Next up will be the Penguins on Saturday night.

Game Notes-

  • The Canes outshot the Ducks 35-16 for the game.
  • Carolina outhit the Ducks 16-15 and were led by Svechnikov with six and Lemieux with four.
  • Brady Skjei had a team high 22:55 of ice time.

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