Hurricanes defeat Predators for sixth straight win

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal scored his second goal with 35 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Carolina Hurricanes extended their winning streak to six games with a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on Tuesday.

Staal carried the puck from Carolina’s defensive zone before scoring on a wrist shot from the left face-off circle.

Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist, Vincent Trocheck had two assists, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 21 saves for the Hurricanes (18-6-1), who are 9-1-1 at home.

Matt Benning and Ryan Johansen scored, and Pekka Rinne made 32 saves for the Predators (11-14-1), who are 1-3-1 in their past five games. 

Nashville was playing its first game without captain Roman Josi, who is week to week with an upper-body injury.

Benning scored his first goal of the season on a wrist shot through a screen by Nick Cousins to give the Predators a 1-0 lead at 1:01 of the second period. 

Johansen made it 2-0 at 13:37 when he deflected Dante Fabbro‘s point shot. 

However, the Hurricanes responded with two power-play goals in the span of 2:40 to tie the game.

Staal cut it to 2-1 at 14:58 when he received a pass from behind the net by Aho and one-timed a shot from the low slot. Dougie Hamilton then set up Aho for a one-timer to make it 2-2 at 17:38.

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