Aho Has 5 Points, 3 Goals to Lift Hurricanes over Wild 6-2

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sebastian Aho recorded a career-high five points and tied his personal best with three goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes snapped the Minnesota Wild’s five-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Saturday night.

Teuvo Teravainen added three assists and Lucas Wallmark, Andrei Svechnikov and Joel Edmundson also scored for the Hurricanes (18-11-1), who won for the third time in four games. Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots for his NHL-leading 10th home win.

Ryan Donato and Mats Zuccarello scored for Minnesota (14-12-4).

On a 5-on-3 power play, Teravainen fed Svechnikov on a point-to-goalmouth pass. That broke a 1-1 tie with 4:58 remaining in the first period and gave Carolina a lead it would not relinquish. Another cross-ice pass set up Aho for his first goal in the second period, and after Zuccarello cut the lead to 3-2, Teravainen found Aho again for a power-play goal 4:45 before the second intermission.

Andrei Svechnikov Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wild entered on an 11-game point streak (8-0-3) and got off to a good start when Donato lifted his own rebound behind Mrazek 2:21 into the game. Wallmark evened the score 9 minutes into the period, and then Teravainen went to work.

His three assists tied a career high that he has equaled six times, including once this season. Teravainen leads the Hurricanes with 22 assists, while Aho ranks first with 15 goals. Aho had the second assist on Svechnikov’s goal and won a faceoff back to Edmundson to set up his goal in the third period before closing the scoring with a shot into an empty net.

After defeating San Jose in a shootout Thursday night, Carolina concluded a successful two-game homestand with four points. The Wild concluded a three-game road swing with four points.


Carolina’s Jordan Staal is 16-11-3 against his brother Eric. The Staals were teammates for the Hurricanes from 2012 through 2016, and Eric ranks first in Carolina history in goals (322), assists (453), points (775) and games played (909). Both Staals had an assist Saturday. … Minnesota has played 20 of its first 30 games on the road, including the last three games. … Carolina is 16-4 this season when Svechnikov has at least one point. … Mrazek is 10-3 this season at home.


Wild: Start a three-game homestand with a meeting with Anaheim on Tuesday.

Hurricanes: Begin a five-game western swing with a visit to Edmonton on Tuesday.


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Ken Tysiac, The Associated Press