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Rask, Hanifin help Hurricanes beat Jets 3-1

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner (53) tries to get the puck out of the defensive zone against Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan (19) during the third period at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on Nov. 20, 2016. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1.

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Victor Rask got his eighth goal of the season and 19-year-old Noah Hanifin scored his first, helping the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win.

Elias Lindholm also got his first goal this season in the first period, and the Hurricanes kept up the pressure from there, challenging goalie Connor Hellebuyck with 40 shots.

Rask made it 2-0 on a power play early in the third, and after Mark Scheifele got his 11th goal for the Jets, Hanifin put it away with a power-play score with 1:43 left.

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Cam Ward had 28 saves for Carolina, which finished 4-1-0 on this homestand.

Lindholm got on the board 6:45 in. He swept in from the left side along the goal line and ripped a shot past Hellebuyck on the short side. The goalie was screened by defenceman Dustin Byfuglien and couldn't find the puck.

Rask made it 2-0 2:39 into the third, taking a slick pass from Lee Stempniak in close and lifting it past Hellebuyck.

Scheifele took over the NHL points lead (23) when he narrowed the deficit to 2-1. The 23-year-old one-timed a pass from Nikolaj Ehlers after Ehlers raced after a loose puck in the corner.

Hanifin restored the two-goal lead with a hammered one-timer from the right point.

The teams also played to open the season, when Winnipeg rallied from two goals down to win 4-3 in overtime.

Ward stalled the effort for a similar rally Sunday. He helped kill off a hooking penalty on Viktor Stalberg with about six minutes left by stopping three shots.

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Carolina was perfect on the penalty kill for the ninth straight game. It killed three penalties Sunday and leads the NHL with a 91.1 per cent success rate, including 19 straight.

NOTES: Winnipeg lost its third straight as it played the middle game of a five-game road trip. ... Carolina D Ron Hainsey picked up an assist in his second straight game. ... Scheifele has a point in 14 of Winnipeg's 21 games.


Jets: Continue trip at Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Hurricanes: Play at Toronto on Tuesday night.

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