Teravainen notched all three of his goals in the third period to seal the game for the Hurricanes (7-5-4), who extended their point streak to five games. Monday's game will only add to those expectations.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Teuvo Teravainen had a natural hat trick in the third period and an assist Monday night, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars. Aho had 24 goals last season after not scoring in the first 13 games as a rookie, and Canes coach Bill Peters believes Aho can do that again now that he's broken through and gotten the first one. "But we've been talking about shooting more ... pucks and being around the net". Stars G Ben Bishop came into the game 8-1-1 all-time against the Hurricanes.
The Stars' top-rated power-play (31.2 percent) tied the game 1-1 at 8:44 of the second period. "Whenever I'm moving good, I think I'm playing good too". But it was a 1-1 game entering the third, the Stars having tied the score on a power-play goal by Alexander Radulov in the second.
Gaudreau had two points to extend his point streak to seven games (five goals, seven assists). "I thought they got a couple bounces but, at the same time, we have to make sure we're locking it up defensively, and we didn't do that". "It's costing us in some situations where we need a bit of a jump, and we're not getting it".
Teravainen's second goal, just over four minutes later, was another shot from far out that hit Dallas defenseman John Klingberg's stick and deflected past Bishop (23 saves) for a 3-1 lead.
Meanwhile, Dallas (9-8) saw its six-game winning streak against Carolina snapped and has now been outscored 22-11 in the third period this season. It was a shortened man advantage for the Stars, as Canes forward Justin Williams went to the box during a Carolina power play.
However, just like the Hurricanes have been searching for consistency, Aho had been looking for the back of the net. He also found it fitting that a fellow Finn, Sebastian Aho, scored his first goal of the season in the Canes' victory. "I know it was coming and I'm glad it happened then".
Teravainen collected the puck at the top of the right circle, and unleashed another hard wrist shot that beat Bishop high, putting Carolina up 3-1. Staal fed Aho in slot for a backhand after Esa Lindell lost an edge. Aho opened up Bishop's pads with a deke and slid the puck in.
"I've never had this many hats ... hopefully my teammates want some of those", Teravainen said. "He has been playing well so you knew it was going to come". Tervainen notched the first hat trick of the season for the Canes, part of a four point effort.
The line of Staal, Teravainen and Aho combined for 11 points. "He scored a goal finally, and past year was the same thing - he didn't score in a lot of games at the start".
The Canes are expecting more from him this season. Aho had the opening goal, as well as two assists.
The win gave the Hurricanes points in five straight (3-0-2) and helped shake off Saturday overtime loss where they blew a two-goal lead in the final period.
Stars coach Ken Hitchcock had a different point of view. "He doesn't have a lot of games in the league to be a go-to guy, but I see his game maturing in that he's really learning when to live to fight another day with the puck". "I want us to remember this and I was us to grow from it".
Teravainen assisted on Aho's goal in the first period, a relieved Aho pumping his arms and letting out a scream after scoring.