LOS ANGELES – Martin Necas scored and Seth Jarvis scored for the third game in a row in the Carolina Hurricanes‘ 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.
Sebastian Aho and Derek Stepan helped the Hurricanes each with a goal and an assist to their fourth victory in a row. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves and had a template.
“That was really just a bad game for us at the end of the day, really bad,” said Carolina’s coach Rod Brind’Amour. “Give the other team a lot of credit, they played hard and the way they want to play. We just never got going. We’re lucky to get that. “
Adrian Kempe scored twice for the Kings, who lost three in a row after a winning streak of seven games. Cal Petersen allowed five goals with 20 shots.
“It was a bit too loose for us,” said Blake Lizotte, Los Angeles center. “A kind of racehorse hockey, swapping chances back and forth, and that’s usually not our identity.”
The transition offensive was the Hurricanes’ forte throughout the game, and it eventually gave them a lead to defend in the second period when Necas put them 5-4 ahead with 34 seconds remaining. He worked around defenseman Mikey Anderson to run over the archway and hit Petersen on the far post.
From there, Carolina got a masterful third period from Andersen, who stopped all 20 shots he faced.
“It’s exactly what Freddy does,” said Aho. “It was probably not the easiest game for him either because they had a lot of chances and a few goals. But in the third there he was a huge success for us and gave us a chance to win, and that’s all you can expect from a goalkeeper. “
Carolina took the lead twice in the first third just to get Los Angeles to react.
The Hurricanes took the lead 3 minutes into the first period when Jarvis hit the onslaught, but the Kings were stuck at 1 when Lizotte shot out of the left circle through traffic at 4:38.
It took Stepan just 10 seconds to regain the 2-1 lead, with Brady Skjei’s shot from the blue line being blocked twice before entering the game. Kempe tapped Alex Edler’s shot from the front for 2 everything at 12:39.
Olli Maatta’s goal, 20 seconds back in the early stages, was nullified after Carolina’s contestation due to interference by the goalkeeper.
The give and take continued into the second period, with the Hurricanes again taking the lead twice. Aho’s eighth goal of the season, taking a 3-2 lead at 6:16 a.m., was undone by Kempe’s outlier at 9:33 a.m.
Jesperi Kotkaniemi gave Carolina a 4-3 lead with a backhand nine minutes from time, but Brendan Lemieux caught Matt Roy’s rebound two minutes from time.
“It’s not exactly the style we want to play,” said Lizotte. “I think our team is designed to win more of a 3-2-style game with close chess.”
Jarvis became the fourth teenager in franchise history to score in three consecutive games, and Brind’Amour said the 13th overall selection will remain on the team in the 2020 NHL draft. Jarvis’ three-year entry-level contract begins when he plays another game for the Hurricanes this season.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Aho said of playing with Jarvis. “He’s a good boy, he can really skate and he is a smart player so he’s fun to play with. Just try to find him and obviously he can score. “
REMARKS: Necas has one goal and three assists during a three-game points streak. … Kempe scored the first Carolina-approved underpaid goal of the season. … Kings D Drew Doughty had limited training on Friday, his first job on the ice since his knee contusion against Dallas on October 22nd. Coach Todd McLellan said Doughty, who was originally supposed to be out for two months, won’t be back yet.
Hurricanes: Visit San Jose on Monday evening.
Kings: hosted Arizona on Sunday night.