NHL Game Summary - Minnesota at Carolina|
(Sunday, November 15th)
Final Score: Carolina 5, Minnesota 4 (SO)
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Jussi Jokinen recorded the lone score of the
shootout, as Carolina blew a pair of three-goal leads but recovered to end its
franchise-worst 14-game losing streak with a 5-4 decision over Minnesota at
Jokinen opened the second round with a backhander under the crossbar, then
Mikko Koivu for Minnesota and Matt Cullen from Carolina missed their chances.
Marek Zidlicky got the last opportunity for the Wild, and Michael Leighton was
equal to end the game.
"I like the way we started the game," said Carolina head coach Paul Maurice.
"We spent a little more time in our end than we wanted to (in the last half of
the game). They came back but our goaltender made good saves in the shootout."
Ray Whitney notched a goal and two assists for the Hurricanes, who hadn't won
since a 7-2 decision over Florida on October 9. Brandon Sutter and Joe Corvo
added a goal and a helper apiece, while Jokinen also tallied in regulation.
Leighton stopped 28 shots for his first win of the season.
Robbie Earl posted his first two career scores for the Wild, who have dropped
three in a row. John Scott also tallied his first NHL goal, Antti Miettinen
lit the lamp and Niklas Backstrom took the loss after allowing four goals on
Jokinen put the 'Canes on the board 2:45 into the contest, and Corvo added a
left-point shot on a power play at 17:49 for a 2-0 lead.
Carolina's advantage grew to 3-0 at 4:59 of the second period, when Whitney's
floater from the boards at the left circle sailed past a screened Backstrom.
Miettinen put the Wild on the board at 8:43, but Sutter's power-play score on
the doorstep restored Carolina's three-goal edge 1:25 later.
However, Minnesota's two-goal blitz in a 20-second span brought it within 4-3
after Earl and Scott both registered his first career goal.
Earl's second of the game brought the Wild back into a 4-4 tie 2:21 into the
third, and both teams were unable to net a winner through regulation.
"I don't think when you're coming into the game, you're looking at getting
offense from certain individuals," said Wild head coach Todd Richards. "I
mean, obviously when they chip in that's a huge advantage. It kind of ignited
us, gave us a chance to get back in it."
The Wild came up with the better chances through overtime, though Backstrom
had to be strong to stop a 2-on-1 chance with two minutes left. Leighton
stopped Kyle Brodziak on a high shot with 20 seconds to go before the shootout
decided the contest.
Carolina avoided putting together the longest losing streak in the NHL since
the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks lost 17 straight games...Minnesota has not won in
four games (0-3-1) at Carolina since entering the league in
2000-01...Hurricanes forwards Scott Walker (upper body) and Stephane Yelle
(lower body) left the game, as did defenseman Joni Pitkanen (lower body).
11/15 17:17:49 ET