Svechnikov scores in Hurricanes win against Predators


RALEIGH, N.C. — Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win against the Nashville Predators at PNC Arena on Thursday.

Warren Foegele and Sebastian Aho also scored, and Petr Mrazek made 19 saves for the Hurricanes (28-10-4), who were coming off being swept in a two-game set by the Detroit Red Wings.

Carolina is 5-0-0 against Nashville this season. 

Erik Haula scored, and Juuse Saros made 25 saves for the Predators (24-20-1). 

Jordan Staal chased down a long clearing attempt by Mrazek and sent a centering pass to Foegele, who scored with a backhand at the top of the crease to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead at 18:26 of the first period.

Svechnikov scored 14 seconds into the second period to put Carolina ahead 2-0, taking a pass from Dougie Hamilton and skating across the slot before beating Saros blocker side with a backhand. It was Svechnikov’s first goal since March 30 and his second in 12 games.

Trocheck pushed the lead to 3-0 at 5:34 when he got his own rebound off a slap shot from the top of the right circle. 

Haula scored a shorthanded goal at 9:30 of the third period to cut it to 3-1. Ben Harpur forced a turnover in Nashville’s zone, and Colton Sissons fed Haula at the red line for a breakaway.

Aho made it 4-1 with 2:38 remaining when he took a pass across the slot from Trocheck and scored with a one-timer.

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