Raleigh, NC -- Morgan Geekie scored twice, and James Reimer made 32 saves, as the Carolina Hurricanes (19-6-1, 39pts) defeated the Nashville Predators (11-15-1, 23pts) by a score of 5-1.
Martin Necas, Brock McGinn, and Dougie Hamilton also scored for the Canes, who extended their winning streak to seven-straight games. The Canes' powerplay went 3-for-3 on the night. Nick Cousins scored for Nashville.
Tuesday's game between Carolina and Nashville--a 3-2 overtime thriller--was full of suspense, but Thursday's rematch wasn't competitive for long.
The Canes opened the scoring on the powerplay, as Morgan Geekie, recently recalled from the Canes' AHL affiliate, tipped a Jake Bean point shot past Pekka Rinne.
"[Bean] gets shots through like it's nobody's business, so I just try to get in the lane and give him a stick to shoot at. He did most of the work, I just got my stick on it," Geekie said.
Geekie, playing in his first NHL game since February 11th, was asked about his mentality during his time in the AHL.
"I was just going out there every day trying to get back in the lineup and do what I can."
Canes' head coach Rod Brind'Amour chalked Geekie's success on the powerplay to familiarity and circumstance.
"There was a hole there [because of the injury to Trocheck], and [Geekie] has played [in that powerplay spot] in the past. So, it was a really easy decision. He's a right-hander; we needed a right-handed shot there."
It was yet another powerplay goal for the Canes--their sixth straight game with a powerplay marker.
Jake Bean, a longtime teammate of Geekie in the AHL, noted that the Canes have found ways to overcome poor stretches in a game.
"Even when we're not having good periods, we are finding ways to win. If we [keep that up], we have a chance to win every night."
Two minutes after Geekie's opening goal, Warren Foegele sliced through the Nashville defense and sent a pass to Brock McGinn, who one-timed the puck past a sprawling Rinne.
On the very next shift, Andrei Svechnikov won a race to a loose puck behind the Predators' net, then fed a centering pass to Dougie Hamilton. The defenseman pounded it home, and the Canes' lead had ballooned to 3-0 in a flash.
Geekie went on to add a second PPG at 8:50 of the second period, assisted by Bean and Pesce.
Martin Necas, filling in on the top powerplay unit for the injured Vincent Trocheck, scored his fifth goal of the year for the Canes--also on the powerplay
The only disappointment for the Canes came at the 15:28 mark of the 3rd period. Nick Cousins beat James Reimer to ruin the latter's shutout bid.
Nevertheless, Reimer (12-3-0, .908 SV%, 2.70 GAA) had a solid performance to earn his fourth-straight win.
Speaking after the game, Reimer credited his teammates for stepping up following injuries to key players on the roster.
"[Injuries] seem like the story of the season so far. There's going to be adversity [for every team]...It's just a matter of [overcoming that]. I thought tonight, we came out and got a couple [of goals] early, and then [never let them back in it]."
Andrei Svechnikov and Jake Bean each had two assists for the Canes.
Jesper Fast, Warren Foegele, Dougie Hamilton, Nino Niederreiter, and Brett Pesce each recorded one assist for the Canes.
Mattias Ekholm had an assist for the Predators.
Teuvo Teravainen (concussion), Jake Gardiner (back), and Vincent Trocheck (upper body) were all unavailable for Carolina.
Rinne made 18 saves on 23 shots faced; he was pulled in favor of Kasimir Kaskisuo, who made three saves in the relief effort.
Carolina: The Hurricanes kick off a road trip with a matchup against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday at 5:00pm ET.
Nashville: The Predators continue their road trip by traveling to Tampa Bay for a game on Saturday at 7:00pm ET.