Hurricanes end losing streak with 8-2 drubbing of Senators

Much needed win resets Carolina’s focus and energy

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Winning eventually vindicates effort put forth and eradicates memories of losses.

While believing his team should have won three of four games they lost in a row, Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour was pleased to see a dominating 8-2 winning effort over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

Led by a two-goal finish from forward Sebastian Aho and a goal and two assists from defenseman Joel Edmondson, the Hurricanes were tenacious in putting pucks to the net, and along with some puck luck, couldn’t really miss.

Fourteen different players tallied points as Warren Foegele, Martin Necas, Haydn Fleury, Dougie Hamilton, and Ryan Dzingel posted goals throughout all three periods.

Colin White and Brady Tkachuk tallied the Senators’ goals.

Carolina outshot Ottawa 43-28 and put goaltender Petr Mrazek back on the winning track, now 8-3-1 on the season, while both Senator netminders, Anders Nilsson and Craig Anderson shared in the defeat, surrendering four goals each.

“It was a pretty solid game all the way, start to finish,” Brind’Amour said.

“It was nice to see the puck go in. The last couple of weeks here have just been tough finding the back of the net, and tonight we were able to capitalize on the chances, which was nice.”

Stats (NHL.com)

Notables: Carolina finished 1-3 on the power play, 13-58 (22.4%) overall…On the PK, the Hurricanes went 3-3, 54-66 (81.8%) overall…Edmundson tied his career high for points  in a game…Necas now sits with 11 points (4g, 7a), tied second among all rookies for goals and fourth for points…Hamilton’s goal kept him tied with Washington Capitals’ John Carlson for the league lead for defensemen…Forward Eetu Luostarinen earned his first career NHL point.

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