Nedeljkovic makes 24 saves, Hurricanes shut out Lightning


RALIEGH, N.C. — Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for his first NHL shutout, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 at PNC Arena on Saturday.

Nedeljkovic, who was making his eighth NHL start (10th game), stopped Tyler Johnson with 12 seconds remaining to preserve the shutout.

Sebastian Aho and Andrei Svechnikov each had a goal and an assist for Carolina (12-3-1), which is 5-0-1 in its past six games. The Hurricanes also shut out the Lightning 1-0 in overtime in their first meeting on Jan. 28.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves for Tampa Bay, (10-4-1), which has lost three of its past four games

The game was the first of four straight between the teams.

Vincent Trocheck scored his ninth goal of the season when he jammed in a loose puck at the left post for a 1-0 lead at 2:19 of the second period. The goal was Trocheck’s 300th point in the NHL.

Aho gave Carolina a 2-0 lead at 15:30 when he drove the net from the right face-off circle and scored top shelf. 

Cedric Paquette took a pass from Jake Bean and scored with a wrist shot in the slot to extend the lead to 3-0 at 3:12 of the third period. The goal was Paquette’s first with the Hurricanes in his fourth game since being acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 13. Paquette was also playing his first game against the Lightning, with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2020.

Svechnikov scored into an empty net to make it 4-0 at 17:41.

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