EDMONTON — Zach Hyman scored three goals for his second hat trick of the season, Connor McDavid had three assists, and the Edmonton Oilers beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 for their fifth straight win, AP reported.
Ryan McLeod, Mattias Ekholm and Warren Foegele also scored for the Oilers, and Mattias Janmark also had three assists. Stuart Skinner stopped 39 shots.
Edmonton has won eight of 11 after losing 10 of its first 12 games (2-9-1).
“I think it’s just calming to get back on track,” Hyman said. “To get back to the team that we know we can be, and I think there’s still room for us to grow and build and it’s just great to find our team confidence again and play like this. And we’re going to continue to do it.”
Jordan Staal scored in the third period for the Hurricanes (14-10-1), who have lost two in a row. Pyotr Kochetkov was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots in the first 5:46 of the game. Antti Raanta came on and finished with 25 saves.
“It was just all-around (bad),” Staal said. “No fight back, everyone was just hoping for a chance and just giving them 3-on-2s and 2-on-1s. Against a team like that they’re obviously going to make you pay.”
Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t sugar-coating things either.
“It was just a bad game from start to finish, we didn’t have anything going,” he said. “I haven’t seen a game like that out of us, so I’m a little bit of a loss for words. It’s not acceptable, not for sure, and our top guys especially have to show up more.”