Teravainen Records First Career Hat Trick

Teravainen Records First Career Hat Trick

By: Kurt Dusterberg – NHL.com

Teuvo Teravainen had a natural hat trick in a span of 7:05 during the third period to help the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-1 win against the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena on Monday.

Teravainen broke a tie at 2:39 of the third when his rising slap shot got past Ben Bishop to the far post, then made it 3-1 at 6:51 on a wrist shot that redirected off John Klingberg. The 23-year-old capped his first three-goal game in the NHL with a sharp wrist shot from the top of the slot for a 4-1 lead at 9:44.

“He should attack the net more because he has the ability and the skill set to do that,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “He should have a little more of a shooter’s mentality. He is a pass-first guy, a center by trade growing up, but he needs to be a little more selfish going to the net and getting his own shot.”

Teravainen has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the past nine games.

“There are some nights I can play better, but there are some nights I think I’m doing really good,” Teravainen said. “I just try to get my legs moving. Whenever I’m moving good, I think I’m playing good too.”

Jordan Staal had an NHL career-high four assists, and Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists. Scott Darling made 25 saves for Carolina (7-5-4), which has a five-game point streak (3-0-2).

Alexander Radulov scored for Dallas (9-8-0), extending his point streak to eight games.

Aho scored his first goal of the season at 8:07 of the first period to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Staal fed Aho in slot for a backhand after Esa Lindell lost an edge.

The Stars’ top-rated power-play (31.2 percent) tied the game 1-1 at 8:44 of the second period. After Darling denied Jamie Benn at the top of the crease, Tyler Seguin circled the net and set up Radulov for a one-timer from the right circle.

Jeff Skinner scored with three seconds remaining in the third period to make it 5-1.

The line of Staal, Teravainen and Aho combined for 11 points.

“I’ve got some good linemates who can score,” Staal said. “A (few) assists tonight, a couple greasy ones too. It’s definitely good linemates who are playing well and making it look easy for me.”