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Hurricanes 2, Wild 1, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:50 AM

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Hurricanes 2, Wild 1, SO
Minnesota Wild 1, Carolina Hurricanes 2

HELSINKI (AP) - Rookie Jeff Skinner scored the only goal of the shootout and Cam Ward was strong in goal, leading the Carolina Hurricanes past the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Friday for a sweep of the two season-opening games in Finland.

Skinner, an 18-year-old forward, also set up Carolina's first goal from Tuomo Ruutu, which tied the game two minutes into the second period. The Wild opened the scoring 17 minutes into the first period on Andrew Brunette's goal.

Ward made 41 saves for Carolina, stopping Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns and Antti Miettinen in the shootout to preserve the victory.

"This was my second game, and a great way to finish that off," Skinner said. "First, I was looking to shoot, but the puck was rolling on me and I tried to settle it down. It sort of opened up for me then."

"It's pretty big," he added. "It has not really sunk in yet. So far I have a lot of memories from my first two games."

The game was played before a sellout crowd of 13,465 and was more confrontational than Thursday night's 4-3 victory by Carolina. There were two early fights and a nasty one between the Wild's Eric Nystrom and Tom Kostopoulos of the Hurricanes.

Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu was a force in the offensive end. His shot led to Brunette's opening goal off a rebound at 17:23 of the first period.

One key for Carolina was its short-handed play for 5 1/2 minutes during the second period, which featured a 30-second stretch in which it was two men short. Another was the goaltending of Ward, who was unruffled by crowding in the crease and covered every point-blank shot.

Minnesota had chances late in the game. Martin Havlat failed to score on two breakaways, the puck gliding almost along the goal line on the second try in overtime.

On the basis of two games, Skinner, with well-timed forays to the net, could stick around for Carolina. The team has seven games to decide whether to keep him or return him to the juniors.

"I'll work hard and take each game as it comes and be better every day," he said.

He was a little intimidated by stepping into the NHL atmosphere at just 18 years old.

"But more by my first practice with guys like Cam Ward and Eric Staal than by the level of play itself. It was cool to be there with them. Just now I feel pretty comfortable," he said. "I got two great players, Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu, who make the game a lot easier for me."

scoring summary
1st Period
17:23
MIN
PPG - Andrew Brunette (1) ASST: Mikko Koivu (2), Cam Barker (1)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
02:00
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (1) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (2), Jeff Skinner (1)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCARMIN
1J. SkinnerM. Koivu
2J. JokinenB. Burns
3T. RuutuA. Miettinen
penalty summary
1st Period
04:07
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Mikko Koivu
04:07
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
08:08
CAR
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Eric Nystrom
08:08
MIN
Eric Nystrom  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
15:18
MIN
Nick Schultz  Slashing against  Drayson Bowman
15:46
CAR
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Brent Burns
18:20
CAR
Joni Pitkanen  Roughing against  Chuck Kobasew
18:20
MIN
Chuck Kobasew  Roughing against  Patrick Dwyer
2nd Period
07:39
MIN
Nick Schultz  Interference against  Jeff Skinner
10:22
CAR
Drayson Bowman  Hi stick - double minor against  Mikko Koivu
13:51
CAR
Eric Staal  Slashing against  Brent Burns
3rd Period
11:43
MIN
Clayton Stoner  Interference against  Brandon Sutter
12:37
MIN
Greg Zanon  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
18:30
MIN
Mikko Koivu  Hooking against  Tuomo Ruutu
OT Period
04:53
CAR
Jamie McBain  Slashing against  Martin Havlat
goalie stats
Niklas Backstrom
SA: 37TOI: 64:42
Saves: 36EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .973SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
2-0-0
SA: 42TOI: 65:00
Saves: 41EV: 33 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .976SH: 0 - 0
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