NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Minnesota
(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Minnesota 3, Carolina 2 (OT)
St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Cal Clutterbuck scored the game-winning goal 1:55 into overtime to lift the Minnesota Wild over the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2, at Xcel Energy Center.
Mikko Koivu gathered the puck at the right circle before firing a wrister on net. Cam Ward made the save but left a rebound in front for Greg Zanon, whose shot went off the left post. A sprawling Ward was left out of place, as Clutterbuck was taken to his knees while backhanding the disc into the net.
"I'm just glad I was able to have some kind of impact on the game. I wanted to come back and impact the game," said Clutterbuck, who missed the previous five games with a high ankle sprain.
Andrew Brunette and Kyle Brodziak also lit the lamp for the Wild, who had lost six of seven coming in. Niklas Backstrom stopped 21-of-23 shots for Minnesota, which improved to 3-0-0 at home this year.
Joni Pitkanen had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have lost their first six road games of the season (0-4-2). Sergei Samsonov scored his first goal of the season, while Ward turned aside 26-of-29 shots in defeat.
"We got four-and-a-half, maybe five, breakaways in that game," Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said. "You get one a game you're pretty excited."
The Hurricanes used a Samsonov power-play goal at the 10:32 mark of the first period to take an early edge. Pitkanen controlled the disc at the right point before sending a pass in front to Ray Whitney, who quickly slid a pass to Samsonov. The puck deflected off Samsonov's stick and found the back of the net.
Minnesota tied the contest on Brunette's power-play score with 7:08 to play.
Brodziak's goal just 1:51 into the second put Minnesota ahead, 2-1. An Owen Nolan cross-ice pass from the left boards found a charging Brodziak, who made a nifty move at net before lifting a backhander past Ward.
Pitkanen deadlocked the tilt with a goal at the 7:35 mark of the second.
Each goaltender stopped 10 shots in the third period to send the game into overtime.
The Wild activated Clutterbuck (ankle) and forward Petr Sykora (groin) from injured reserve prior to the game. Each had missed the previous five games. Minnesota placed defenseman Kim Johnsson on IR with an upper body injury...Carolina is 2-3-1 with a tie in its last seven games overall versus Minnesota...The National Hockey League suspended Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu three games, without pay, for a vicious hit he doled out during Friday's loss at Colorado.
10/25 00:09:59 ET