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Three-goal second period leads Wild past Hurricanes

Dec 24, 2008 - 5:27 AM
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- Stephane Veilleux's shorthanded goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner as the Minnesota Wild scored three times in the session and overcame a two-goal deficit en route to a 3-2 triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Marian Gaborik scored on the power play and rookie Cal Clutterbuck also tallied for the Wild, who scored at least three goals for just the second time in nine games.

"I just kind of drive to the net and hope to get a rebound," Veilleux said of the shorthanded chance. "(I) got a little lucky."

Niklas Backstrom made 13 of his 35 saves in the third period, including a number of stops during a 2:08 two-man advantage early in the session, sparking a rousing ovation from the home crowd.

"It was unbelievable," Backstrom said. "I was talking to the guys, we've never experienced anything like that, not even in the playoffs. It was huge."

The Hurricanes held a big advantage in scoring chances in the first and third, but the Wild only needed the second 20 minutes to earn the win.

"We generated a whole lot of shots," Carolina head coach Paul Maurice said. "(Backstrom) made some great saves and I thought he was the difference for them in the game."

After Gaborik tied the game, 2-2, following Mikko Koivu's second assist of the game, Veilleux scored the go-ahead goal 10 minutes later with Carolina on the man-advantage.

Eric Belanger's shot was stopped by goaltender Michael Leighton, but Veilleux was there to finish off the rebound for his fourth tally of the season.

The Hurricanes held a 37-23 edge in shots on goal, including 23-10 combined in the first and third periods. They were unable to take advantage of four Wild penalties despite a furious rush during the two-man advantage in the third.

"I think always, if you can kill a 3-on-5 - especially for that long - it's very important," Koivu said. "And you need a solid goaltender to do that."

Following a four-minute high sticking penalty on Krystofer Kolanos, Antti Miettinen was whistled for hooking 1:52 later. But Backstrom was up to the task as Minnesota won consecutive home games for the first time in over a month.

"We need to get back to our game, we need to play with confidence, we need to cut down our mistakes," Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire said.

"We need to be a better team, that's what we need to be. And hopefully Christmas doesn't spoil that win."

Captain Rod Brind'Amour and Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist apiece for Carolina.

Gaborik and Koivu added assists on Clutterbuck's goal just 4:17 into the second.






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    Hurricanes 2, Wild 3  FinalDec 24 2:53 AM


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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    CAROLINA 1 1 0 2
    MINNESOTA 0 3 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 8 (SCOTT WALKER, RAY WHITNEY) 18:46
    2ND PRD: CAR - RAY WHITNEY 12 (JONI PITKANEN, ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 1:35
    MIN - CAL CLUTTERBUCK 3 (MIKKO KOIVU, MARIAN GABORIK) 4:17
    MIN - (PP) MARIAN GABORIK 3 (MIK

    Dec 23 10:22 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 1 1 2
    MINNESOTA 0 3 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 8 (SCOTT WALKER, RAY WHITNEY) 18:46
    2ND PRD: CAR - RAY WHITNEY 12 (JONI PITKANEN, ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 1:35
    MIN - CAL CLUTTERBUCK 3 (MIKKO KOIVU, MARIAN GABORIK) 4:17
    MIN - (PP) MARIAN G

    Dec 23 9:35 PM
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    Hurricanes 2, Wild 3  2nd - 1:42Dec 23 9:34 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    MINNESOTA 3
    2ND PRD: MIN - (SH) STEPHANE VEILLEUX 4 (ERIC BELANGER, NICK SCHULTZ)
    18:18

    Hurricanes 2, Wild 3  2nd - 1:42Dec 23 9:32 PM
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    Hurricanes 2, Wild 2  2nd - 8:00Dec 23 9:20 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    MINNESOTA 2
    2ND PRD: MIN - (PP) MARIAN GABORIK 3 (MIKKO KOIVU, MAREK ZIDLICKY)
    8:18

    Hurricanes 2, Wild 2  2nd - 11:42Dec 23 9:13 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    MINNESOTA 1
    2ND PRD: MIN - MIKKO KOIVU 12 (MARIAN GABORIK) 4:17

    Hurricanes 2, Wild 1  2nd - 15:43Dec 23 9:04 PM


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    CAROLINA 2
    MINNESOTA 0
    2ND PRD: CAR - RAY WHITNEY 12 (JONI PITKANEN, ROD BRIND'AMOUR) 1:35

    Hurricanes 2, Wild 0  2nd - 18:25Dec 23 9:01 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAROLINA 1 1
    MINNESOTA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 8 (SCOTT WALKER, RAY WHITNEY) 18:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CAR 10 10
    MIN 4 4
    GOALIES: CAR - MICHAEL LEIGHTO

    Dec 23 8:40 PM


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    CAROLINA 1
    MINNESOTA 0
    1ST PRD: CAR - ROD BRIND'AMOUR 8 (SCOTT WALKER, RAY WHITNEY) 18:46

    Hurricanes 1, Wild 0  1st - 1:14Dec 23 8:38 PM