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Lindholm scores 3 goals, Hurricanes rally to beat Oilers 7-4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Elias Lindholm had three goals and two assists, Jeff Skinner scored twice and Carolina rallied from three goals down to beat the Edmonton Oilers 7-4 on Sunday.

Lindholm’s hat trick was the first of his career, and Alexander Semin and Andrej Nestrasi also scored for Carolina, who last erased a three-goal deficit exactly one year ago in a 5-4 loss at the New York Islanders.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had his second career hat trick to increase his scoring total to 19 goals for Edmonton. Jordan Eberle added a goal and two assists for the Oilers.

Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 3-0 lead at 7:59 of the second period and then brought his team back to within two goals at 9:31 of the third period.

But Edmonton could get no closer

The Oilers, outshot 35-20, lost their fourth straight game and have three more games left on a five-game road trip.

After falling behind 3-0, the Hurricanes tied it with three goals in the final 11 minutes of the second period as Semin got the scoring started for Carolina. The Hurricanes then scored the next five goals to snap a two-game losing streak.

Carolina went 3 for 5 on the power play but was only 1 of 3 on the penalty kill. It marked only the second time this season the Hurricanes allowed more than one power-play goal.

Carolina got back in the game with a big second period.

Semin scored first at 9:22 on a great individual effort after being dragged down as he carried the puck through the crease. He scored from his back by sweeping the puck on a backhand that slid just inside the post.

Lindholm got Carolina to within a goal when he scored with 7 minutes remaining on a tip-in from Ron Hainsey. Then 2 1/2 minutes later, Skinner tied the game at 3-3 with a goal at the right post with 4:37 left in the period while Carolina was on a 5-on-3 power play.

Carolina took the lead 1:40 into the third period on Nestrasil’s goal just after Edmonton’s Martin Marincin went off on a tripping penalty.

NOTES: Carolina RW Pat Dwyer played his 400th NHL game, while D Rasmus Rissanen made his NHL debut with the Hurricanes. … Edmonton became only the second team to score two power-play goals against Carolina this season. The Hurricanes surrendered two power-play goals in their second game of the season on Oct. 11 in a 4-3 loss at the New York Islanders. … The last time Carolina came back from a three-goal deficit was on March 8, 2014, when the Hurricanes lost 5-4 at New Jersey.

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