Minnesota at Carolina

Jokinen gets shootout winner to help Hurricanes snap 14-game slide


RALEIGH, N.C. -- 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."

Robbie 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."


  • 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.
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It's been a long time coming, but Jussi Jokinen and the Hurricanes have a little reason to celebrate. (AP)
It's been a long time coming, but Jussi Jokinen and the Hurricanes have a little reason to celebrate. (AP)
Minnesota (7-11-2)03100 (0)4
Carolina  (3-12-4) «22001 (1)5
Three Stars
R. Whitney

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Earl

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
B. Sutter

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
02:45Jussi Jokinen (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Ruutu, Cullen
17:49Power Play - Joe Corvo (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Rodney, Whitney
04:59Power Play - Ray Whitney (6), Snap Shot. Assist: Sutter, Corvo
08:43Antti Miettinen (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Burns, Brunette
10:08Power Play - Brandon Sutter (4), Slap Shot. Assist: Whitney
13:46Robbie Earl (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Koivu
14:06John Scott (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Johnsson, Nolan
02:21Robbie Earl (2), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
 Jussi Jokinen (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
09:21Walker, 2 min, Cross-Checking
15:02LaRose, 2 min, Hooking
16:42Koivu, 2 min, Tripping
19:04Miettinen, 2 min, Hooking
04:48Boogaard, 2 min, Tripping
05:39Brunette, 2 min, Holding
09:58Clutterbuck, 2 min, Roughing
10:29Miettinen, 2 min, Slashing
06:56Ruutu, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Niklas Backstrom 65:0031431
Michael Leighton 64:5028430
Game Information
Attendance - 12194
Referees - Francois St-Laurent, Wes McCauley
Linesmen - Pierre Champoux, Scott Cherrey
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