Hurricane Eric Staal (12) celebrates his second goal with Tuomo Ruutu (15) during the first period against the Anaheim Ducks. CHRIS SEWARD - firstname.lastname@example.org
RALEIGH — Hurricanes star center Eric Staal had a hat trick, but it almost wasn't enough.
Carolina held on for a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks after three quick penalties put the Hurricanes down two men for an extended period in the closing minutes of the game.
Corvo, whose roughing penalty was the first of those penalties at the 16:59 mark in the third period, scored an empty netter with 4.7 seconds left.
Anaheim center Ryan Getzlaf scored a power play goal at 18:12 in the period, giving the Ducks (17-15-4) a late chance in a game they trailed 3-1 since the 1:41 mark of the second period, when the hats came out for Staal.
Staal, who had a pair of power play goals in the first period, cleaned up in front of the net for his third goal, which capped the opening 1:41 of the second period, when the Canes sustained a two-shift possession to start the period.
The hat trick put Staal tied with the New York Rangers' Marian Gaborik and the Ottawa Senators' Alexei Kovalev among active hat trick leaders. Only Anaheim's Teemu Selanne has more with 21.
Canes rookie forward Jeff Skinner created the payoff, skating behind the net before passing into the slot, where forward Erik Cole tapped the puck to Staal, who scored for a natural hat trick (uninterupted by other scoring). It's his 12th career hat trick and second this season.
The Ducks, outplayed early in the second period, made a push near the end of the period and brought some dangerous shifts in the third, but Carolina goalie Cam Ward came up with 43 saves.
Anaheim scored first in the game, when Getzlaf scored from the slot at 2:39 in the first period. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, in the left corner, sent the puck in front of the net, where forward Corey Perry swung the puck to his right for Getzlaf to score.
But a Getzlaf cross-checking penalty gave the Hurricanes a power play, and a rush down the ice led to Staal scoring his 14th goal of the season at 7:27.
Carolina forward Jussi Jokinen found Staal down the left wing and Staal elevated the puck between the left post and Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.
With 19:34 left, Staal, camped to the right of the goal, collected the rebound from a hard shot from defenseman Jamie McBain and put it in for his 15th goal of the season. McBain had fired from just inside the blueline after Jokinen, also along the blue line, centered a pass. Moments before, McBain had kept the puck just inside the line when the Anaheim penalty kill attempted to clear the puck.
Anaheim entered the game ninth in the league on the power play, but is 0-for-1, while Carolina, which came into the game ranked 26th in the league on the power play, is 2-for-2. Canes finished the night 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Ducks wound up 1-for-7.
The Hurricanes (15-12-4) have now extended their season-long winning streak to four games and will face the division foe Tampa Bay Lightning in Florida on Monday. It leaves the Canes four points behind the Boston Bruins, which currently hold eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison, who was injured in a fight in with St. Louis' B.J. Crombeen on Saturday, is in the game. He was a game-time decision after missing two games this week with the undisclosed upper body injury.
The Ducks were in the third game of a seven-game road trip.