Aho scores late goal, Kochetkov has 44-save shutout, Hurricanes edge Panthers 1-0

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored with 18.9 seconds left, helping Pyotr Kochetkov and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 1-0 on Thursday night.

Kochetkov stopped 44 shots in his third shutout of the season. Carolina has won four straight and six of its past seven games.

Florida had won 11 straight road games, one short of tying the NHL record.

Aho lifted Carolina to the win in this one when he beat Sergei Bobrovsky after a shot attempt by Andrei Svechnikov was blocked before it could get to the net. Bobrovsky finished with 28 saves.


DETROIT (AP) — Patrick Kane scored at 3:42 of overtime to give Detroit the win over Colorado.

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin dropped a pass to Kane, who whipped a quick shot from the top of the hash marks past Avalanche goalie Justus Annunen.

Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche. Larkin had Detroit’s other goal.

The victory ended the Red Wings’ 10-game losing streak against the Avalanche. Detroit had not beaten Colorado in nearly eight years. The Red Wings’ last win over the Avalanche was 5-3 in Detroit on Feb. 27, 2016.

Annunen made 28 saves while Detroit goaltender Alex Lyon stopped 30 shots.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust and Drew O’Conner scored 21 seconds apart in the second period to break open a close game and Pittsburgh gave its flagging postseason hopes a boost with a win over Montreal.

Pittsburgh, which began the day eight points out of a wild-card spot in the jumbled Eastern Conference with less than two months to go in the regular season, won for just the second time in its last seven games behind 31 saves from Tristan Jarry.

Mike Matheson collected his eighth goal of the season for Montreal. Cayden Primeau stopped 23 shots but the Canadiens lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Kris Letang had the other two Pittsburgh goals, including an empty netter.


OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Josh Norris score two goals and Ottawa beat Dallas for its second win in three games.

Thomas Chabot and Shane Pinto also scored for Ottawa while Anton Forsberg stopped 14 shots.

Joe Pavelski scored for Dallas, which has now lost four in a row.

Jake Oettinger started in net for Dallas but was pulled in the second period after allowing three goals on 11 shots. Scott Wedgewood gave up one goal on 19 shots in relief.

The Senators scored three unanswered goals while holding the Stars to just four shots in the second period.



The Associated Press