Aho taking it to the 'next level' as Canes defeat Bruins
Sebastian Aho has taken his game to a new level after inspiring the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the NHL-best Boston Bruins on Sunday.
That is the assessment of team-mate Brent Burns, who is enjoying a first-hand view of the flying Finn's excellent form.
Aho scored for a fourth game running, while Paul Stastny, Seth Jarvis and Jordan Staal each finished with goals as the Canes made it five straight wins to sit top of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.
"It's been fun. It's fun to see a guy like that off the ice, what he does and how competitive he is on the ice," Burns said of Aho.
"He doesn't like to lose in anything. It's fun to see it up close and take it to the next level.
"He's just explosive when he gets the puck. Anybody can see his confidence growing and he's just a special player. It's special to see every day."
Aho has racked up seven goals during his streak, and has 21 overall for the season.
"He seems to have picked that step up again," Canes head coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He's playing at a high level, that's for sure."
Pavel Zacha managed the solitary goal for a Bruins side who have 81 points, the most in the NHL, but are now on a three-match losing streak.
Nonetheless, Aho recognised the quality at Boston's disposal.
"Through the lineup, every line did their job. That's a great team we played tonight," Aho said.
"There's a reason why they're at the top of the standings. They play a good game. We needed to bring our best tonight."
Brind'Amour added: "It was a great game. Listen, we know that that team is the cream of the crop and they're lapping everybody right now. It was a good test.
"We played good. Regardless of the opponent, we played solid the whole game."