Svechnikov, Teravainen score late, Hurricanes beat Preds 3-2
NASHVILLE (Tenn.) — Andrei Svechnikov made a mistake during the second period, but made up for it in time the third.
Svechnikov scored with 6: 00 left in the third period, and Teuvo Teravainen added a late empty-net goal as the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Saturday night.
Jesper fast also scored and Frederik Andersen made 38 stops for Carolina, which had won its first two matches.
” I haven’t seen many games like this in the three years that I’ve been doing it, and the goalie was clearly the reason we won,” Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina coach, said. “Usually, the goalies play well but we’re doing well. Tonight, however, that was not the case. We didn’t play a very strong game. He was huge.”
Ryan Johansen scored a goal and assisted Filip Forsberg, who also scored for the Predators. They were losers in their first two games. Juuse Saros was able to finish with 29 saves.
” We did a lot better tonight,” Johansen stated. “So many positives. … We are currently at 0-2. We have to find ways to win hockey matches. This league makes it difficult to win hockey games. It’s terrible. It’s too bad.
” “I made a mistake when they scored their goal. And I had to make that right,” Svechnikov stated. “I’m happy we won today .”
Fast scored at 6: 19 with a wrist shot of the left faceoff that beat Saros high up to the glove side. Fast scored the game’s first goal at 6: 19 of the first, with a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot that beat Saros high to his glove side. In 46 last season’s games, he posted six. This was his first time as a Hurricanes player.
Johansen tied it at 1: 54 in the second. After removing the puck from Svechnikov’s neutral zone, Johansen skated into Carolina and beat Andersen high to Carolina’s short side with a backhand hit.
” I tried to focus on the next shot.” Andersen stated. “You can’t focus on too many things, especially when you’re playing a great team. I think you just want the next shift and to keep fighting. That’s what the players do, and as goalies, it’s the next shot.”
Teravainen scored into an empty net with 1: 12 remaining in the third.
Forsberg scored on a rebound with 44.7 second remaining. Saros pulled for an additional attacker but the Predators couldn’t find the equalizer.
Nashville finished the 2020-21 season 29th out of 31 teams on the penalty kill, with a 75.6 success rate, and allowed two power-play goals in two opportunities in Thursday night’s opener against the Seattle Kraken. The Predators defeated the Hurricanes on Saturday, and successfully ended all four Carolina power plays. During those four power plays, Nashville only allowed the Hurricanes three goals.
” Coach John Hynes of Nashville said that he thought the penalty kill was excellent. “On the 5-on-3, we were very compact. The guys seemed to be in shot lanes. We didn’t allow many pucks to get past us. “When they did manage to score a few, I thought their net collapse was strong.”
Carolina won the season-opening win over the New York Islanders with a 2-5 power play.
FAMILIAR FOOES Due last season’s divisional realignment the Hurricanes and Predators were in the Central Division during the shorter season. Carolina won six of eight regular-season matchups, and Nashville was eliminated in the first round playoff matchup. With the teams back in their regular divisions for the 2021-22 season, the teams will meet just once more in the regular season, Dec. 19 in Raleigh.
Nashville recalled goaltender Connor Ingram from Milwaukee of the AHL earlier Saturday to serve as Saros’ backup due to David Rittich being added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list.
WHAT’S NEXT The Predators will host the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday.
The Hurricanes will be off until Thursday when they travel to Montreal.
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