CALGARIAN, Alberta (AP) – Sebastian Aho scored his second goal of the game in extra time with a score of 4:07 and beat Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 over the Calgary Flams on Thursday night.
Aho also scored for Hurricanes (18-6-1) in the first half, extending his points streak to four games. Frederick Andersen stopped 26 shots in the win.
Defender Noah Hanifin, who played against his former team, authored a single goal for the Flames (15-6-6) but failed to score from an early penalty.
Calgary goalkeeper Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves.
At the start of the game, the Storms allowed the fewest goals (54) in the NHL, while the Flames were second (56).
At 4:14 of the first half, Aho opened the scoring after Jacob Slavin’s pass from Markstrom.
The Flames had a great opportunity to equalize at 5:33, when Hanifing was awarded a penalty from behind by Ian Cole. Andersen took his stick to the puck and he passed.
In the first half of the game, Calgary had a few more good chances, but Matthew Tkachuk sent the puck a little bigger before it hit the net and Andersen stood in his place to stop Andrew Mangiapane’s shot from the hole.
The Flames tied it to Hanifin’s second goal of the season, his shot from the spot looking at Carolina striker Jesper Fast’s wand and hitting Andersen in the left shoulder in amazement.
At the start of the third half, Calgary striker Dillon Dube’s shot hit the post behind Andersen’s back and as he crossed the goal line, Carolina striker Teuvo Teravainen stretched back to take him out of the way of injury.
Slavin also showed great play at the end of the game and blocked the goal. Calgary defender Rasmus Andersson tried to put the ball in the center from behind the net, but it hit Slavin’s leg and the Carolina defender headed into the goal before hitting him with a stick.
NOTES: Although Carolina defenders Brett Pesce and Tony DeAngelo were allowed to train earlier this week after being on the COVID-19 protocol, they did not travel to Canada for the game. Pesce and DeAngelo will also miss Carolina’s next two away games against Edmonton on Saturday and Vancouver on Sunday. … Hurricanes defender Ethan Bear also missed Thursday’s game due to COVID-19 illness.
Hurricanes: At Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in the third of five games.
Flames: Hosted by the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
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