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Drayson Bowman Lights Up Wild: Hurricanes 5, Wild 3

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Carolina Hurricanes Drayson Bowman scored twice against the Minnesota Wild as the Canes won, 5-3. (file photo by Jamie Kellner)

Drayson Bowman scored two goals and had an assist as the Carolina Hurricanes came from behind to defeat the Minnesota Wild, 5-3 on Saturday afternoon at Xcel Energy Center.

Bowman started things off just a minute and change into the game as he stole a pass and backhanded a pretty shot past Matt Hackett to make the score 1-0, but the Wild would score three goals in a row to take a commanding 3-1 lead, until Bowman scored again 17:14 into the second period.

The Canes owned the third period and scored three more goals, one each by Brandon Sutter, Tim Brent, and finally an empty netter by Chad LaRose.

Sutter had a "Gordie Howe hat trick" as the young center had a fight in the opening period as well as an assist in the second, and his goal in the third.

Brian Boucher earned his first win of the season, his first as a Hurricane, with a 23 save performance.

The Canes will next do battle with the Winnipeg Jets Sunday night.

Game Notes:

  • Chad LaRose led the team with 10 shots on goal. The Canes outshot the Wild 34-26.
  • The team had 19 hits with rookie Justin Faulk leading the way with three.
  • Faulk also led the team with 25:02 of ice time.
  • The Canes had 17 blocked shots led by Bryan Allen and Jay Harrison with four each.