Brett Pesce and Justin Williams scored third-period goals one minute apart as the visiting Carolina Hurricanes ended the Anaheim Ducks' season-best five-game win streak with a 4-1 victory Friday.
Sebastian Aho scored a late empty-net goal for Carolina as the Hurricanes were the first team in six games to score a third-period goal against the Ducks. Anaheim had outscored opponents 9-0 in the closing period of its previous five games.
The Hurricanes put an end to their three-game winless streak, while also ending their three-game trip to California where they also faced the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.
The Hurricanes arrived in Anaheim struggling for offense. They not only lost to the Kings and Sharks by a combined 7-1 score, they had just five goals in their last five games without leading scorer Michael Ferland, who is out with a concussion.
The Ducks entered having also won seven of their last eight games, while earning points in nine of their last 10, a run that included a victory at Washington when they trailed 5-1. But there was no rally this time as the Hurricanes held the Ducks to four shots on goal in the final period.
Early on, it looked as if the Ducks would be off and running. Jakob Silfverberg gave the Ducks an early 1-0 lead with a goal at 11:47 of the first period, his seventh of the season. Silfverberg earned his 100th career goal when he redirected a shot from Jake Dotchin into the Hurricanes goal.
Silfverberg nearly scored moments earlier but his shot on a breakaway clanked off the right post. The puck then found its way to Dotchin who shot from near the blue line.
The Hurricanes tied the score 1-1 early in the second period on a goal from Clark Bishop, the first of his career. Bishop took the puck directly at Ducks goalie John Gibson, pushing the puck into the net while crashing into Gibson and dislodging the goal.
After replay, the goal was allowed to stand as referees determined that Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm caused Gibson to lose his balance and crash into the goal.
Pesce scored at 1:56 of the third period when he connected on a bouncing puck, putting the shot past Gibson for his third of the season. Williams scored his fifth of the season at 2:57 of the third period when he was out in front of the goal after the puck rolled up and off the back of Gibson following a shot by Bishop.
The Hurricanes outshot the Ducks 36-19 in the game.
--Field Level Media