Hurricanes' rally helps eliminate Blues

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[April 13, 2024]  Seth Jarvis and Jaccob Slavin each had a goal and an assist for the visiting Carolina Hurricanes in a 5-2 win against the St. Louis Blues on Friday.
 
Jake Guentzel scored a pair of empty-net goals for the Hurricanes (51-22-7, 109 points), who have won four straight and pulled to within a point of the New York Rangers for the Metropolitan Division lead. Frederik Andersen made 29 saves. 

Apr 12, 2024; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) reacts after scoring against the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Bolduc and Jordan Kyrou scored, and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues (42-33-5, 89 points), who were eliminated from the race for the second wild-card berth in the West when the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Minnesota Wild later Friday.

Bolduc gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 17:34 of the first period. Nick Leddy took a Robert Thomas pass to the left circle before feeding Bolduc with a no-look pass through the seam for a one-timer that went glove side.

Kasperi Kapanen had a chance to double it on a breakaway with just over a minute remaining, but his shot went wide.

Seconds later, Jordan Martinook tied it 1-1. Andrei Svechnikov collected the loose puck that bounced up the ice after Kapanen's attempt and sent a pass to Martinook inside the offensive zone. Martinook then cut to the middle before sending a wrist shot sliding under Binnington's right pad at 18:59.

Kyrou scored on the power play to put the Blues ahead 2-1 at 5:41 of the second period. With four Hurricanes converging on him in the left circle, Pavel Buchnevich sent a backhand to the open side of the ice for Kyrou, who beat a screened Andersen under his right arm.

Two minutes later, Buchnevich tried to slide a backhand past the goalie on a drive to the net but was denied at the last minute by the stick of a trailing Martin Necas.

The Hurricanes tied it once again when Jarvis drove down the left side before firing from the top of the left circle to make it 2-2 at 8:07 of the second period.

Slavin gave Carolina a 3-2 lead at 7:53 of the third period when he pinched low in the left circle to direct a Sebastian Aho feed into an open side.

Guentzel scored an empty-net goal at 17:20 and added another at 19:10.

--Field Level Media

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