Ducks get swamped by Carolina Hurricanes early in 5-2 loss

Ducks forward Troy Terry, left, controls the puck ahead of Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck.
Ducks forward Troy Terry, left, controls the puck ahead of Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck during the first period of the Ducks’ 5-2 loss Sunday.
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Nearly a decade passed since Jordan Staal had a hat trick. The Carolina Hurricanes captain liked the idea of ending that drought.

Staal capped his fourth career hat trick with an empty-net goal and the Hurricanes settled in defensively after an offense-filled first period to beat the Ducks 5-2 on Sunday night.

“It was kind of the back of my mind, I guess, a little bit,” Staal said of the game’s final minutes.


Andrei Svechnikov and Jordan Martinook also scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes. Svechnikov also had an assist and Nino Niederreiter assisted on two goals.

Staal, whose last three-goal game came on April 18, 2012, in a playoff game at Philadelphia while with Pittsburgh, scored the only goals after the first period — knocking in a rebound at 13:42 of the third and then notching the clincher with 1:08 left.

Ducks open a four-game road trip by picking up their second win in 15 games in a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Frederik Andersen made 23 saves for Carolina.

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour moved into a tie with his former coach, Peter Laviolette, for the second-most regular-season wins in franchise history with a 167-84-28 record.

Staal’s most recent hat trick in the regular season came in November 2008. He became the first Carolina player with a hat trick this season.

“It was a good effort,” Staal said. “Obviously, my linemates were a big part of that. It was a fun night.”

Staal centers a line with Niederreiter and Jesper Fast.

“That line has been good for a long time,” Brind’Amour said. “He has been good. I don’t know if anything was different. He got a couple goals tonight, big ones.”


Josh Mahura and Troy Terry scored for the Ducks, who still have back-to-back victories just once since the end of January. John Gibson stopped 38 shots, but has failed to win in his last 12 starts.

The offenses flowed early for both teams.

Svechnikov reached out to get a stick on Brady Skjei’s delivery, redirecting the puck past Gibson just 77 seconds into the game.

Niederreiter connected with Staal by sending a pass from behind the net through the legs of Anaheim defenseman Shattenkirk. Staal did the rest for his 11th goal of the season to make it 2-0.

“When you spot them two goals, it’s tough,” Terry said. “That’s a team we can look at and try to emulate.”

Mahura, who was a healthy scratch in Anaheim’s 5-3 win a day earlier at Philadelphia, scored his second goal of the season just 65 seconds later.

After Carolina killed an Anaheim power play, the Hurricanes turned a Ducks turnover into Martinook’s goal at 9:30 of the first period.


With congestion in the crease, Terry scored the game’s fifth goal less than 12 minutes into the game on a diving sweep of the puck past Andersen to make it 3-2.

“When we did get rolling, we did have chances to score — not as many chances as they did,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said.

It was the fourth time this season the Hurricanes had at least three goals in the first period.