Sebastian Aho definitely won the Battle of Sebastians Aho

The difference between the two teams in the standings and the final result of the game belied how close Saturday’s tilt between the Hurricanes and Islanders was for most of its duration. Things tied up at two goals apiece until the dying minutes of the second half, when Sebastian Aho took over, at Sebastian Aho’s expense.

Sebastian Aho (center from Carolina; 25; Finn) broke the tie with a nice back-and-forth with Teuvo Teravainen, but wouldn’t have beaten Ilya Sorokin so badly if the puck hadn’t deflected off the skate of Sebastian Aho (Defender of New York; 26 years old; Swede).

The Aho-on-Aho violence continued in the third, as Sebastian Aho, trying to move the puck into his end, was cleanly recovered by a Sebastian Aho forecheck. Sebastian Aho would take full advantage of Sebastian Aho’s mistake and pocket the insurance goal.

Sebastian Aho would add an empty net for the second hat-trick of the season and sixth of his career. The Canes, first in the standings, will need him to maintain the score to compensate for the defeat, after only five games played, of Max Pacioretty, who just went on IR with a torn Achilles tendon, the same one he tore last season. The Isles, meanwhile, have won just one of their last nine games and haven’t scored a third-period goal in any of them, putting undue pressure on Sebastian Aho.

Sebastian Aho finished Saturday’s game with a plus-3 differential in 15:29 of ice time, while Sebastian Aho was minus-3 in 19:55.

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