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Aho gets first 2 NHL goals, Canes beat Capitals 5-1

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Rookie Sebastian Aho needed a month to finally get his first NHL goal, and he and linemates Jordan Staal and Teuvo Teravainen celebrated with an offensive outburst.

Aho scored his first two NHL goals, Staal had a goal and three assists and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday night.

"It was good night for us," the 19-year-old Aho said. "It was a big goal for me and it feels good. It's my first NHL goal. Our whole line played well."

Aho added an assist and Teravainen had a goal and three assists.

"Tonight, that was a very good line," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "And that should be a good line. There's plenty of hockey sense there. Teravainen seems like he's kind of fitting in and comfortable. Now that Aho's gotten on the board, I think he's going to take a step also."

Victor Rask also scored for Carolina. Cam Ward made 20 saves.

"We had breakdowns in position and we were losing battles," Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "To (Carolina's) credit, they played really hard and made things happen and we made too many mistakes."

Washington was coming off an overtime win in Chicago on Friday night.

"When you play back-to-backs, and it's no excuse, you have to be mentally sharp and mentally tough," Caps coach Barry Trotz said. "You just have to manage the game real good. You've got to play smarter and we didn't do that."

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored with 7:58 left in the first period to put Washington ahead 1-0, but backup Philipp Grubauer stopped only 33 of 37 shots.

Aho scored 35 seconds later, getting his first career goal from a sharp angle to tie it.

Teravainen put the Hurricanes up 2-1 with 2:59 left in the first when he was left open in the slot and shot in a pass from Aho.

Staal scored on the power play early in the second period when he slipped a shot off a rebound. Staal had started the play by keeping the puck in the offensive zone at the blue line and then working his way to the net.

"We skated well tonight," Staal said. "I think they had a tough game last night and we wanted to get the jump on them early and that's what we did."

Rask scored his sixth goal of the season in the second for a 4-1 edge.

Carolina withstood Washington's push in the second period when two Hurricanes broke their sticks on defense. Carolina was finally able to clear the puck and prevent Washington from scoring.

Aho added an empty-net goal with 3:50 left.

NOTES: Staal's four points gave him 400 career. It was his first multipoint game of the season. ... Rask and Teravainen scored for the second straight game. ... The Capitals had a first-period goal for the 11th time in 14 games.

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Capitals: Visit Columbus to wrap a three-game trip.

Hurricanes: Host San Jose for the third tilt of a five-game homestand.

Updated November 12, 2016

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