RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Jordan Staal put Carolina on the board with a determined second-period streak, then the Hurricanes got the ball rolling with two quick third-period goals to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 Friday night.
The Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes finished with a season-high 50 shots, leaving goaltender Frederik Andersen with a relatively calm night in earning his third shutout this season on 19 saves.
Teuvo Teravainen scored late in the second for a 2-0 lead and then Nino Niederreiter and Vincent Trocheck scored 36 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the third.
Both teams entered on winning streaks, Columbus with a season-high four wins and Carolina with three straight wins. And the Blue Jackets had surged to seven of eight wins, a streak that included five road wins – the last a day earlier at Atlantic Division-leading Florida.
But the Hurricanes controlled the puck early on and conceded few scoring chances, either at even strength or with their best penalty kill in the NHL. They just needed time to finally beat JF Berube after firing a steady stream of shots on net.
BLUES 5, SABERS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Kyrou had two goals and an assist, Colton Parayko scored the game-winning goal in St. Louis’ victory over Buffalo.
Jake Walman and Brayden Schenn also scored, and Ville Husso made 35 saves for St. Louis to improve to 10-1-1 since the start of 2022 — and 9-1-0 at home.
Kyle Okposo, Dylan Cozens and Tage Thompson scored for Buffalo. The Sabers have lost five straight.
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