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Sebastian Aho's fourth goal in two games sends the Oilers to a three game losing streak

Sebastian Aho and Connor McDavid each scored a goal.
Sebastian Aho and Connor McDavid each scored a goal.
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A power play goal by the red-hot Sebastian Aho would prove to be the difference maker for the Carolina Hurricanes en route to a 2-1 victory for the hosts.

Aho's goal was a power play goal, his fourth goal in two games.  Coupled with Aho's three goal game against Philadelphia on Tuesday, his performance  has to warrant serious consideration for player of the week honours.

Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward was questionable all day after he left practice early, but Ward would make 24 saves en route to the W.  Connor McDavid would score his eighteenth goal of the season midway through the second period to tie it at 1-all.  It would be the only goal the Oilers would score.

Defenceman Matthew Benning would leave the game early after a collision with Carolina's Viktor Stalberg. More on that in the near future.

Elsewhere

  • Mikael Backlund scored his fifteenth goal of the season in overtime to help push the Flames to a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils.   Now with 57 points, the Flames are just seven points behind the Oilers with the same amount of games played.  The Kings are just one point behind Calgary with three games in hand.  It's not quite time to go hitting the alarm, but the finger is getting near the button.
  • NO SLEEP:  Oilers are in Montréal tomorrow to take on the Canadiens in a matinee event.  It will be their last game until Saturday, the 11th.  If nothing else, it will allow Cam Ward a couple of days rest.