The Carolina Hurricanes’ first road win of the season produced multiple stars.
Defenseman Jaccob Slavin played one of the best games of his young career Tuesday, stifling the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid and scoring in the third period as the Canes won 5-3 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Goalie Cam Ward, making his first start of the season, stopped 48 of 51 shots while Teuvo Teravainen grabbed a piece of Hurricanes history, scoring twice in the first 4:53 of the game.
Jordan Staal, who had a goal and three assists, scored short-handed for the Canes (2-1-1). Elias Lindholm added a power-play goal as Carolina took a 3-0 first-period lead, then weathered a strong Oilers push in the final two periods.
“We started on time and that was about it,” Canes coach Bill Peters said. “The rest of it left a little to be desired. We got sloppy. We turned it over too much and made it hard on ourselves. We’ve got to get more guys going and pulling on the rope.”
Staal’s score gave the Canes a 4-1 lead, but Ryan Strome and Milan Lucic both scored as the Oilers made it a 4-3 game. But Ward made a big stop on a Patrick Maroon shot, and Slavin’s goal, on a backhander at 10:36 of the third, eased the tension for the Canes as Edmonton dropped its fourth in a row.
Center Martin Necas made his NHL debut for Carolina while Peters, who was not happy with the execution in a 2-1 loss Saturday against Winnipeg, make some lineup changes. In addition to Necas, he inserted forward Josh Jooris on the fourth line to replace Brock McGinn and gave defenseman Trevor Carrick – called up Saturday from the Charlotte Checkers on the AHL – his first game of the season.
The Canes couldn’t have scripted a better start.
Teravainen scored 20 seconds into the game, at even strength.
Teravainen then scored again on the power play.
Late in the first period, Lindholm added another power-play score.
Just like that, Teravainen had his first two goals of the season, Lindholm his first and the Canes had a 3-0 lead. Staal and Justin Faulk, the Canes’ co-captains, each had a pair of assists in the first.
“We couldn’t have started any better,” Ward said.
The goals by Teravainen in 4:53 were the two fastest by a player to start a game in franchise history since Geoff Sanderson had two in 3:42 against Ottawa in November 1996. It was the fastest by a Carolina player.
Scott Darling was the starting goalie for the Canes in the first three games, but Peters went with Ward on Tuesday, and he wasn’t lacking for work. He faced 15 shots in the first period, then 21 in the second, denying McDavid with a glove save early in the second as the Oilers asserted themselves in the offensive zone.
“He did what we thought he would do,” Peters said. “Proud guy. In his hometown he gave us a chance to win.”
McDavid, often checked by Slavin and defensive partner Brett Pesce, had an assist but was limited to three shots in a minus-1 game. He had seven shots blocked.
The Canes had two penalties late in the second – for too many men on the ice, then delay of game for Haydn Fleury flipping the puck over the glass. Mark Letestu scored with 2:49 left in the period, beating Ward to a loose puck in the crease on the power play.
Oilers goalie Laurent Brossoit, starting ahead of Cam Talbot, was shaky in the first period but steadied in the second.