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Carolina 3, St. Louis 2
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 13, 2021
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Reid Anderson, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 18680

Brendan Smith broke a tie with 2:57 remaining as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the visiting St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Smith's first goal of the season came in his fourth game with Carolina, which signed the defenseman as a free agent in the offseason. He had been without a point this season.

Hurricanes goalie Alex Lyon, appearing in his first game of the season, picked up the victory. He was tested by 10 third-period shots from the Blues.

Brady Skjei and Sebastian Aho scored earlier for the Hurricanes, who had lost two of their previous three games -- their only setbacks of the season. Andrei Svechnikov and Tony DeAngelo each recorded two assists for Carolina.

Pavel Buchnevich and Vladimir Tarasenko scored goals for the Blues. St. Louis was trying to become the second visitor in as many nights to wipe out a third-period lead held by the Hurricanes and pull out a victory. Philadelphia did it Friday night.

Blues goalie Joel Hofer was in his second NHL game after making his winning debut Nov. 4 at San Jose.

DeAngelo and Jordan Martinook assisted on the winning goal.

Skjei scored his first goal of the season 75 seconds into the game. That matched the time for the quickest that the Hurricanes have scored at the beginning of a game this season.

Aho converted on a second-period power play.

The Blues matched that when Buchnevich scored on a rebound with one second left in a power play.

Former Hurricanes co-captain and all-star Justin Faulk received an extended ovation when he was given recognition during a first-period break in the action. It was his first game in Raleigh since he was traded in September 2019. He was co-captain with Jordan Staal in 2017-18.

Carolina won't have another home game for more than two weeks.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
St. Louis   Carolina
Robert Thomas 2 Points Sebastian Aho 2
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Goals Sebastian Aho 1
Robert Thomas 2 Assists Tony DeAngelo 2
Pavel Buchnevich 1 Power Play Goals Sebastian Aho 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Joel Hofer .875 Save Percentage Alex Lyon .931
Joel Hofer 21 Saves Alex Lyon 27
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
St. Louis 29 2 1-4 1-2 4 27
Carolina 24 3 1-2 3-4 8 24
Upcoming Games
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Vegas. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .800 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • St. Louis will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Blues have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .750 after a loss.