NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Anaheim
(Sunday, October 19th)
Final Score: Carolina 3, Anaheim 1
Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Eric Staal registered a goal and an assist, as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-1, at the Honda Center.
Rod Brind'Amour and Ryan Bayda also scored for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Niclas Wallin had two assists and Michael Leighton, the winner of the Aldege Bastien Memorial Award as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2007-08 season, made 32 saves to get the win.
"We came in here, played hard and got a road win," said Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette.
Francois Beauchemin lit the lamp for Anaheim, which has dropped five of its first six games to kick off the season. Jean-Sebastien Giguere allowed two goals on 23 shots in defeat.
"We had our fair share of opportunities," said Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "When things are going against you, as they have this last little while, we just haven't found a way to put the puck across the line enough times. It's not for lack of effort or quality scoring chances."
Bayda scored first for the Hurricanes. Wallin dumped the puck behind the Anaheim goal, where Staal gathered, walked around the right post and whipped a pass through the crease that Bayda tapped in at the six-minute mark of the opening stanza.
Beauchemin put the Ducks on the board, snapping a wrister from the left point through traffic and in behind Leighton 14:27 into the second period. The Hurricanes regained the lead with 1:12 remaining in the stanza, as Brind'Amour collected a puck down low, waited out Giguere and backhanded the disc past the sprawled netminder.
Early in the third period, Anaheim had a five-on-three for 23 seconds and failed to convert. The Ducks then failed to score after Sergei Samsonov went off for hooking with 4:16 to play in the game.
Staal's empty-net marker in the final minute sealed the victory.
Laviolette earned his 235th career win, surpassing Bob Johnson for sole possession of second place on the all-time wins list among U.S.-born coaches...The Hurricanes made their first trip to the Honda Center since December 6, 2005.
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