NHL Recaps: Hurricanes surge by Kings, Caps outlast Jackets, and Sens win again

NHL Recaps:  January 31, 2023

The NHL showcased three games on Tuesday night with two more set for this evening before all teams officially hit the All-Star Break.

One of those teams playing on Wednesday are the Carolina Hurricanes, who are on a torrid pace lately. Despite being down by a 4-1 margin entering the final frame, they rallied and stunned the Los Angeles Kings for an overtime victory.

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NHL Recaps: Hurricanes huge comeback over Kings

Hurricanes 5 vs Kings 4 (OT)

Sebastian Aho scored on a power play with 53.8 seconds left in overtime as the Carolina Hurricanes completed a rally from three goals down to defeat the Los Angeles Kings 5-4 on Tuesday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Brent Burns opened the scoring for Carolina with the game’s only first-period goal. After the Kings outscored the hosts 4-0 in the second, Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal scored in the first 10 minutes of the third, and Teuvo Teravainen tied it with 7:29 remaining.

The Hurricanes earned their sixth straight win while extending their point streak to nine games (8-0-1). The Kings appeared to take control in the second period; instead they wrapped up January with a 7-5-1 record.

Adrian Kempe scored Los Angeles’ first and third goals. Anze Kopitar added a goal and two assists, Kevin Fiala also scored and Drew Doughty logged two assists. Pheonix Copley stopped 25 shots.

“We were just playing hard, playing the way the coaches wanted us to play,” Doughty said via NHL.com. “We were making good passes, scoring big goals. That was a really good second period by us, but I guess the bottom line is we just messed it up in the third.”

NHL Recaps: Caps outlast Jackets

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Jan 31, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Garnet Hathaway (21) celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Capitals 4 vs Blue Jackets 3 (OT)

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 26 seconds into overtime and Washington overcame blowing the lead in the third period to defeat host Columbus in the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.

Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, who played his 500th NHL game earlier this season, had his first career two-goal game for the Capitals. Erik Gustafsson had two assists and Charlie Lindgren made 31 saves for Washington, which had lost three of its previous four games.

“We talked before the game how important these two points were going into the break, feeling good, a little positive vibes when we come back for the home stretch,” van Riemsdyk said via NHL.com.

Johnny Gaudreau scored his 14th goal of the season for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of their past five. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves in the loss.

Senators 5 vs Canadiens 4

Brady Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal with 1:18 remaining in regulation and Tim Stutzle matched a career high with four points as visiting Ottawa earned a victory over Montreal.

“You felt the momentum on their side,” Tkachuk said. “Of course it was a lucky break, but it felt pretty good to silence the crowd and kind of take all that momentum away.” 

Corralling the puck ahead of the blue line, Stutzle stormed into the Montreal zone, then got the puck to Tkachuk, who sent it low and past Jake Allen (24 saves). Stutzle posted two goals to go with his two assists, Tkachuk also recorded an assist and Claude Giroux and Alex DeBrincat also scored for the Senators, who enter the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak.

Rafael Harvey-Pinard had two goals and Mike Hoffman posted a goal with an assist for Montreal. Down 3-2, the Canadiens tied it when Josh Anderson sent the puck to Nick Suzuki, who found Harvey-Pinard with 8:58 left in regulation. Both Anderson and Suzuki recorded assists. The Senators, though, regained the lead just over a minute later on Stutzle’s power-play strike by a screened Allen before Harvey-Pinard struck again.

–Field Level Media

–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article