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Hurricanes 5, Wild 4, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 5, Wild 4, SO
Minnesota Wild 4, Carolina Hurricanes 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Jussi Jokinen and the Carolina Hurricanes finally got to feel good about themselves Sunday.

Jokinen scored the winning goal in the shootout and the Hurricanes beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 to end a 14-game winless streak.

"It's one of the best feelings," Jokinen said. "We'll take the two points."

Carolina's second shooter in the shootout, Jokinen went to his backhand and lofted the puck above the glove of Niklas Backstrom. It was Jokinen's 25th career shootout goal, most in NHL history. He also has eight game-winners in the format.

When Michael Leighton stopped Marek Zidlicky on the Wild's final chance, the Hurricanes had their first win since Oct. 9.

Leighton made 28 saves in his second start of the season and Ray Whitney, Jokinen, Joe Corvo and Brandon Sutter scored in regulation for Carolina, which blew two three-goal leads.

"We're not throwing any back at this point," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "We'll take it."

Robert Earl scored the first two goals of his career, John Scott added his first career goal and Antti Miettinen also scored for the Wild. Minnesota has never won in Carolina and is 2-10-1 on the road this season.

Earl and Scott sparked the Wild's rally late in the second, scoring 19 seconds apart to slice Carolina's lead to 4-3. Earl then tied it 2:21 into the third, snapping the puck past Leighton's glove.

"It was pretty special," Earl said. "It hasn't really sunk in. I'm ultimately just glad that I was able to contribute and give us a chance to win."

It was a costly victory for the Hurricanes, whose winless streak was one short of the franchise record. Three Carolina players left with injuries and did not return - defenseman Joni Pitkanen (lower body), forward Scott Walker (upper body) and forward Stephane Yelle (lower body).

Carolina opened the scoring 2:45 into the game when Matt Cullen won a faceoff in the Minnesota zone and passed the puck to Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu snapped a shot at Backstrom, but the puck deflected off Minnesota defenseman Kim Johnsson's skate to Jokinen, who swiped it into the net.

Corvo added a power-play goal near the end of the first and Whitney made it 3-0 in the second when he slapped a shot past Backstrom, who was screened on the play.

Miettinen then got the Wild on the boards but Whitney responded for the Hurricanes. He eluded Wild defenders near the boards before centering to Sutter, who was wide open in front of net.

"It wasn't pretty, but we got the win," Leighton said. That's all this team cares about right now."

NOTES: Carolina D Aaron Ward (lower-body injury) missed the game. Ruutu earned his 100th NHL assist on Jokinen's first-period goal. Minnesota won the first meeting of the season 3-2 in overtime. Carolina has allowed three or more goals in 12 straight games.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:45
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (4) ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (5), Matt Cullen (5)
1 - 0 CAR
17:49
CAR
PPG - Joe Corvo (3) ASST: Bryan Rodney (2), Ray Whitney (6)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
04:59
CAR
PPG - Ray Whitney (6) ASST: Brandon Sutter (3), Joe Corvo (5)
3 - 0 CAR
08:43
MIN
Antti Miettinen (2) ASST: Brent Burns (8), Andrew Brunette (7)
3 - 1 CAR
10:08
CAR
PPG - Brandon Sutter (4) ASST: Ray Whitney (7)
4 - 1 CAR
13:46
MIN
Robbie Earl (1) ASST: Mikko Koivu (13)
4 - 2 CAR
14:06
MIN
John Scott (1) ASST: Kim Johnsson (2), Owen Nolan (4)
4 - 3 CAR
3rd Period
02:21
MIN
Robbie Earl (2) ASST: NONE
4 - 4 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCARMIN
1T. RuutuA. Miettinen
2J. JokinenM. Koivu
3M. CullenM. Zidlicky
penalty summary
1st Period
09:21
CAR
Scott Walker  Cross checking against  Derek Boogaard
15:02
CAR
Chad LaRose  Hooking against  Brent Burns
16:42
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Tripping against  Joe Corvo
19:04
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Hooking against  Joni Pitkanen
2nd Period
04:48
MIN
Derek Boogaard  Tripping against  Niclas Wallin
05:39
MIN
Andrew Brunette  Holding against  Tim Gleason
09:58
MIN
Cal Clutterbuck  Roughing against  Rod Brind'Amour
10:29
MIN
Antti Miettinen  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
3rd Period
06:56
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Interference against  Owen Nolan
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
Saves: 31EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 7
SV%: .886SH: 0 - 0
Michael Leighton
Michael Leighton
1-2-0
SA: 32TOI: 64:50
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .875SH: 3 - 3
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