TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Sebastian Aho scored twice, Shayne Gostisbehere had a power-play goal against his former team and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Friday night.
Paul Stastny, Jaccob Slavin and Martin Necas also scored for Carolina. Brent Burns had four assists and Necas and Andrei Svechnikov tallied two each. Antti Raanta had 17 saves as the Hurricanes got their 40th win of the season to give them 88 points and extend their lead over New Jersey in the Metropolitan Division to three points.
Lawson Crouse scored his 20th goal for the Coyotes and trails only Clayton Keller (25) for the team lead. Karel Vejmelka finished with 36 saves.
Aho’s first of the night made it 2-0 nearly nine minutes into the game for the Hurricanes, who had lost their previous two games.
After Slavin pushed Carolina’s lead to 3-0 early in the second, Crouse got Arizona on the scoreboard with 9:19 left in the middle period.
Gostisbehere, who was traded to Carolina on Wednesday for a 2026 third-round draft pick, played in his first game for the Hurricanes. He scored on the power play with Arizona’s Patrik Nemeth in the penalty box for hooking with 7 1/2 minutes left in the second to give Carolina a 4-1 lead.
Aho’s second of the game and 27th of the season gave the Hurricanes a four-goal lead 2:11 later, and Necas got his 25th for Carolina’s third-straight tally with the man advantage at 1:47 of the third.
The Hurricanes host Tampa Bay on Sunday.