RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andrei Svechnikov scored three goals and the Carolina Hurricanes, with goalie Pyotr Kochetkov making his season debut, beat the high-powered Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Thursday night.
Svechnikov’s other hat trick this season also came against Edmonton. His third goal this time came with 4:11 remaining.
Brent Burns, Jordan Staal, Jordan Martinook and Jesper Fast also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game skid and forged a season split with Edmonton. Teuvo Teravainen and Martin Necas each had two assists.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist and Zach Hyman scored for the Oilers, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Kochetkov made 20 saves. Oilers goalie Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots.
Svechnikov’s ninth goal of the season came when his shot from the right side bounced in off the far post with 20 seconds to play in the first period.
Burns was set up by Martin Necas’ pass on the power play at 5:58 of the second period to give Carolina a 2-0 lead.
Hyman put the Oilers on the board with a second-period power-play goal.
Svechnikov’s second goal came off a pass from Necas. The puck skipped off Campbell’s glove, giving the Carolina right winger his third multi-goal game of the season.
Staal’s goal came on a power play in the final second of the second period.
McDavid’s 15th goal of the season came at 7:26 of the third.
Before any of the goals, Kochetkov stopped Dylan Holloway’s attempt on a penalty shot right before the midway mark of the first period.
BACK TO HELP
Kochetkov was playing his first game of the season because Hurricanes goalie Frederik Andersen is out with a lower-body injury.
Last season, Kochetkov played in three regular-season games and four playoff games for Carolina, marking his only previous NHL action.
With forward Evander Kane out for three to four months after a scary wrist cut from a skate blade Tuesday at Tampa Bay, the Oilers called up Mattias Janmark and Klim Kostin from Bakersfield of the AHL. Janmark made his season debut, while Kostin was a scratch.
Kane is expected to reunite with the Oilers on Friday in Miami and return home with the team as its four-game trip concludes Saturday.
Oilers: At Florida on Saturday.
Hurricanes: At Colorado on Saturday.
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Bob Sutton, The Associated Press