Svechnikov’s two goals propel Hurricanes past Blues 7-2


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov celebrated his 22nd birthday with two goals, Seth Jarvis also scored twice and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the St. Louis Blues 7-2 on Saturday night.

Antti Raanta won a Finnish goalkeeping battle with 30 saves. Ville Husso stopped 21 of 26 shots and the Hurricanes scored two empty-netters when Husso was retired with 5:30 to play.

Carolina is the No. 3 team in the league and improved to 44-15-7, good for 93 points and first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Hurricanes had won just one of their last six games (1-3-2) before the victory.

Martin Necas, Brett Pesce and Nino Niederreiter also scored for Carolina. Pesce and Necas also each got an assist.

Pavel Buchnevich scored both of St. Louis’ goals, giving it 21 this season. Both goals give Buchnevich 100 career goals. The Blues are 1-3-2 in their last six games.

Necas gave Carolina a 1-0 lead on a shorthanded goal at 2:37. The Blues have conceded the first goal in five straight games.

Carolina beat St. Louis 3-1 in the second period for a 4-1 advantage.

Two early goals gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead early in the period. Jarvis rounded Colton Parayko and beat Husso just 1:07 from the start of the period. Pesce buried a wrist shot from the high slot at 3:16.

The Blues cut the lead to 3-1 when Buchnevich scored with a backhand after receiving a pass from Nick Leddy at 13:12 in a 4-on-4 game. It was Leddy’s first point since it was acquired from Detroit.

Carolina bounced back with a power play goal. Svechnikov caught a pass from Sebastian Aho at 14:38 to give the Hurricanes a three-goal cushion.

St. Louis scored on his fifth opportunity on the power play when Buchnevich converted a wrist shot from high up the slot at 6:30 of the third period.

Svechnikov added an empty-netter at 15:05 and Niederreiter followed with one at 15:57. The last goal was scored by Jarvis at 17:55.

It was the last time these teams played this season and Carolina swept the series. The Hurricanes won 3-2 on Nov. 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Dr Brady Skjei also celebrated a birthday on Saturday. Skeji turned 28. … Ian Cole, who was selected 18th overall by St. Louis in the 2007 NHL Draft, returned with Carolina. The Hurricanes are the fifth team Cole has been with since being traded in 2015 for Robert Bortuzzo.


Hurricanes: LW Jordan Martinoor (undisclosed) will be out for at least two weeks.

Blues: F Tyler Bozak (lower body injury) on injured reserve. D Torey Krug (upper body injury) is week in week out after being injured Tuesday in Washington.


Carolina: In Washington Monday night.

St. Louis: Host Vancouver Monday night.


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