NHL Game Summary - Carolina vs. Minnesota|
(Thursday, October 7th)
Final Score: Carolina 4, Minnesota 3
Helsinki, Finland (Sports Network) - Brandon Sutter scored twice and Jussi
Jokinen added a goal and an assist, as the Carolina Hurricanes kicked off the
2010-11 NHL season with a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild.
Carolina and Minnesota, which both missed out on the playoffs last season,
will also play on Friday in Helsinki as part of the 2010 NHL Premiere series.
The league is staging games in three European cities at the start of the
season. San Jose and Columbus will play games on Friday and Saturday in
Stockholm, Sweden, while Phoenix and Boston will battle Sunday and Monday in
Prague, Czech Republic.
"I felt all right. I went to the net a couple times, a couple good plays by
other guys to make it happen, but I got a couple greasy ones," Sutter said
about his two-goal game."
Anton Babchuk also tallied for Carolina, which finished last season at
35-37-10, but ended up tied for 11th in the Eastern Conference. Cam Ward
turned aside 26-of-29 shots, including 10-of-11 in the third period.
Former Hurricane Matt Cullen had a goal and a helper for the Wild, who also
got goals from Guillaume Latendresse and Brent Burns. Minnesota went 38-36-8
in 2009-10, good for the 13th spot in the Western Conference.
Niklas Backstrom made 27 saves in defeat.
Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Wild came up empty on a power-play chance
in the first minute of the third and another at 12:41. However, Jamie McBain
went off at 15:11 for a holding call and the Wild capitalized when Burns fired
a wrister past Ward from the slot with 3:21 to play to make it a one-goal
"It's fun playing in Europe," Burns said. "It's a different style. It's not
really the start we wanted, but we'll try and build on it and get ready for
Despite pulling Backstrom in the last minute in favor of the extra attacker,
the Wild were unable to come up with the equalizer.
Minnesota got the first goal of the 2010-11 season 3:33 into the opening
period. Mikko Koivu carried the puck behind the net and shoveled a backhand
pass to Latendresse, who beat Ward between the pads from the low slot.
Sutter's power-play goal in the late stages of the first pulled the Hurricanes
even. Jokinen took a pass at the left circle and spotted Sutter on the
doorstep for a redirection tally with 9.2 seconds left in the stanza.
The second period was more wide open as the teams combined for four goals.
Babchuk put home a backhander from in close 5:58 in to give the 'Canes a brief
However, Cullen picked up a rebound tally on the power play near the midway
point to even things before Carolina responded with a pair.
With the Hurricanes skating with a 5-on-3 advantage, Jokinen took a shot from
the right circle that caromed off a Wild defender's skate in front and went in
at 11:16. Sutter then picked up his second of the contest with 1:57 to play in
the period. Patrick Dwyer led a line rush down the right side and took a shot
that Backstrom stopped, but a hard-charging Sutter got enough of the puck to
guide it into the open side for a 4-2 game.
The Wild and Hurricanes split a pair of meetings last year with each club
winning on home ice. Despite the loss Minnesota is 4-3-1 with a tie in
the last nine contests between the teams...Minnesota defenseman Marek
Zidlicky (leg/groin) did not play.
10/07 16:59:21 ET