Aho scores twice to lead Hurricanes past Senators 8-2

The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C.–The Carolina Hurricanes had been struggling to find goals and wins. Facing the Ottawa Senators for the second time in three days solved both problems.
Sebastian Aho scored twice, Joel Edmundson had a goal and two assists, and the Hurricanes beat the Senators 8-2 last night to snap a four-game losing streak.
Warren Foegele, Ryan Dzingel and Martin Necas each had a goal and an assist, and Haydn Fleury and Dougie Hamilton also scored to help the Hurricanes win for only the second time this month (2-4-0) after matching a franchise record with eight wins in October. Andre Svechnikov and Brett Pesce each added two assists, and Petr Mrazek stopped 26 shots for his eighth win of the season.
The Hurricanes lost 4-1 at Ottawa on Saturday and were eager to get another chance at the Senators.
“We needed to bounce back and play well,” said Hamilton, who is tied for the team lead with eight goals this season.
Colin White and Brady Tkachuk scored for Ottawa, which had won three of its previous four games. Anders Nilsson gave up four goals on 19 shots before being pulled in the second period, and Craig Anderson stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced.
The Hurricanes had scored a total of seven goals during the four-game losing streak.
“It was nice to see the puck go in,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “The last couple of weeks, it has just been tough sledding to find the back of the net. We really capitalized on our chances.”
Foegele put the Hurricanes up just 44 seconds into the game, and Necas’ power-play goal with 2:05 left in the period made it 2-0.
“We didn’t like our first period in Ottawa,” Aho said. “This was us setting the bar for ourselves. That’s the work we have to do every game.”
The Hurricanes have won five of six against the Atlantic Division this season. The Senators’ power play ranks last in the NHL.
They were 0 for 3 and gave up a short-handed goal.
Arizona nipped Washington 4-3 (SO) in the only other NHL game last night.