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Hurricanes 5, Coyotes 4 - OT

Canes blow three goal lead in third period but survive on Rask goal in overtime

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The Carolina Hurricanes allowed the tying goal with just 16 seconds left in regulation but held on to defeat the Arizona Coyotes, 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night in Phoenix.

Victor Rask scored the game-winner with another cutting move toward the net, 53 seconds into the extra period.  Eddie Lack made an excellent pass to center ice to Rask to earn another assist.  That is his second in as many nights and those are the first two assists of the goaltender's NHL career.

The Canes had a three goal lead early in the third period but the Coyotes kept chipping away at it until the tying tally got by Lack late.

Carolina had another good start in this game and jumped to a 1-0 lead when Kris Versteeg tipped in a Justin Faulk shot, 8:37 into the first period.  The goal was originally given to Faulk, but after review it was properly given to Versteeg.

The Canes added a powerplay goal with just four seconds left in the first when Jordan Staal found Andrej Nestrasil cutting to the net backdoor.

With a 2-0 lead, the Hurricanes didn't stop.  They made it 3-0, 15 minutes and change into the second when Jeff Skinner made a beautiful play.  The winger faked shot and waited until the last second to feed Phil Di Giuseppe, who chipped the puck over goalie Anders Lindback.  The Coyotes goalie also allowed five goals in the game last week in Raleigh.

The home steam started to find life at this point and scored to make the score, 3-1 before the end of the second period.

Faulk would get his goal though, just 40 seconds into the third, of course on a powerplay goal making the score 4-1.  The defenseman now has 12 powerplay goals this season, which still leads the league.

But the Coyotes started putting on heavy pressure in the Carolina zone and ended up scoring three straight goals to tie things up.

Rask made sure the Canes got on the plane as winners though, the second overtime winner he has notched this season.

Game Notes:

  • Eddie Lack had some good and bad in this game.  He ended up making 25 saves on 29 shots to earn his second straight win.  His pass to Rask in overtime was a thing of beauty.
  • The Carolina powerplay is coming around again and went 2-3 in this game.  The PK killed two Chris Terry penalties.
  • This makes four straight games the team has scored five goals.
  • The Canes outshot the 'Yotes 33-29 and were once again led by Skinner with five.
  • Justin Faulk was superman again as he led both teams with 27:23 of ice time, had a team high five hits, notched a goal and an assist, and was tied for a team best two blocked shots.
  • Elias Lindholm had three assists and Rask finished with a goal and an assist.
  • Event Summary