Svechnikov’s two goals propel the Hurricanes ahead of the Blues 7-2 | Radio WGN 720

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

“I mean my birthday present is to win this game,” Svechnikov said. “That’s the fun part.”

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.

“Obviously when you score seven goals you have to kind of win the game,” Raanta said. “It’s always a bit stressful when a team retires a goalie so early. We did a great job there.

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.

“It wasn’t one of our best games. It’s just that everything we shot came in,” coach Rod Brind’Amour. “I don’t know if we played well. Two periods, we were fine. In the third period, naturally you get up in threes and you tend to lie down. It was a great 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.

“You’re not on the PK (penalty kill) to score goals but to kill the penalty,” Necas said. “But when you have the chance, we also want to score. Of course, that certainly helps.

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.

“Obviously a good game from him. Congratulate him,” Parayko said. “Obviously good players are going to make good plays.”

Pesce buried a wrist shot from the high slot at 3:16.

Those quick second-half goals hurt the Blues, coach Craig Berube said.

“You know, I didn’t think our start was that bad to be honest with you,” Berube said. “But we have fallen behind. The first period was okay. In the second half, we got scored pretty quickly. I thought that had a real impact on our team during that time.

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.

ICE FRIES

It was the third time this season that Carolina had scored seven goals in a game. … 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.

INJURIES

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.

FOLLOWING

Carolina: In Washington Monday night.

St. Louis: Host Vancouver Monday night.

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