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Hurricanes hold out Wild, 4-3, in NHL season opener

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Hurricanes hold out Wild, 4-3, in NHL season opener
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Minnesota Wild 3
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) -- Brandon Sutter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in the opening game of the NHL season on Thursday.

Anton Babchuk and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes.

Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left to leave the Wild down by one, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made a late save to preserve their win.

Minnesota scored through forward Guillaume Latendresse at 3:33, but Sutter equalized on a power play with 10 seconds left of the first period.

Babchuk put Carolina in front at 5:58 of the second period, only for Minnesota center Matt Cullen to level at 9:52.

Finnish center Jokinen restored the Hurricanes’ lead on a two-man advantage at 11:16, and Sutter made it 4-2 at 18:03.
scoring summary
1st Period
03:33
MIN
Guillaume Latendresse (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikko Koivu (1), Kyle Brodziak (1)
1 - 0 MIN
19:50
CAR
PPG - Brandon Sutter (1) Tip-in - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (1), Jamie McBain (1)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
05:58
CAR
Anton Babchuk (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Erik Cole (1), Zac Dalpe (1)
2 - 1 CAR
09:52
MIN
PPG - Matt Cullen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marty Havlat (1)
2 - 2 Tie
11:16
CAR
PPG - Jussi Jokinen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Corvo (1), Joni Pitkanen (1)
3 - 2 CAR
18:03
CAR
Brandon Sutter (2) Deflected shot - ASST: Patrick Dwyer (1), Tim Gleason (1)
4 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
16:39
MIN
PPG - Brent Burns (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Antti Miettinen (1), Matt Cullen (1)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:38
MIN
Greg Zanon  Tripping against  Jussi Jokinen
19:15
MIN
Cam Barker  Interference against  Patrick Dwyer
2nd Period
00:47
CAR
Jay Harrison  Tripping against  Chuck Kobasew
09:15
CAR
Tim Gleason  Cross checking against  Andrew Brunette
10:29
MIN
Cam Barker  Holding against  Jussi Jokinen
10:39
MIN
Matt Cullen  Slashing against  Brandon Sutter
12:42
MIN
Greg Zanon  Hooking against  Eric Staal
3rd Period
00:51
CAR
Eric Staal  Tripping against  Mikko Koivu
12:41
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Hooking against  Cal Clutterbuck
15:11
CAR
Jamie McBain  Holding against  Guillaume Latendresse
goalie stats
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 31TOI: 58:45
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
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