The surging Hurricanes won their third straight and finished their February schedule with a 10-3 record, moving into playoff position. Carolina solidified its wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race with its sixth win in seven games.
Dustin Brown scored Los Angeles’ lone goal.
The sinking Kings have lost nine straight (0-6-3) and are in last place in the Western Conference. The Kings haven’t won since Feb. 7, and are in the midst of their worst losing streak since dropping a franchise-record 11 straight in 2004.
Hamilton had the Hurricanes’ first goal at 5:56 in the first period. He added his second at 5:19 of the second.
Petr Mrazek had 22 saves for Carolina, and his shutout bid was foiled in the third period.
Aho scored his team-leading 25th goal at 11:15 of the first period after a steal by Teravainen.
Ferland tipped in a shot by Staal 25 seconds into the second period, extending Carolina’s lead to 3-0.
Slavin beat Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (14 saves) on the power play at 2:19 of the second to make it 4-0.
Teravainen’s one-timer, from an odd-angle in the right circle, made it 5-0. Hamilton then added his second goal, off of a screen by Ferland, before the end of the second period.
Brown scored for the Kings at 12:02 of the third.
NOTES: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman attended Tuesday’s game with Carolina owner Tom Dundon. The two toured N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium earlier in the day. Dundon is hoping to host a “Stadium Series” outdoor game in Raleigh for the 2020-21 season. … Staal had missed 27 straight games, and 32 of 34, before returning to the lineup last Saturday.
Kings: Host Dallas on Thursday.
Hurricanes: Host St. Louis on Friday.