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Recap: Hurricanes 2, Coyotes 1 - SO

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Cam Ward made 28 saves and Elias Lindholm notched the game-winner in the shootout for Carolina

Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner for the Canes against the Coyotes on Thursday night
Elias Lindholm scored the game-winner for the Canes against the Coyotes on Thursday night
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The Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes battled pretty evenly for 65 minutes and needed a shootout to determine the winner as the Canes came out on top, 2-1 at Gila River Arena on Thursday night.

Elias Lindholm scored the game-winning goal on a nifty move against Mike Smith, who made 40 saves for the home team.

The Canes got off to a good start in this game as a Ron Hainsey shot from the point deflected past Smith off of Victor Rask just a minute and change into the contest.  The goal was originally given to Hainsey, but after further review, Rask was awarded his seventh goal of the season.

The Coyotes tied the game shortly afterward when David Moss beat Cam Ward for his first goal of the season.

That was it for the regulation scoring as both goalies played well and team defense prevailed in this game.

On a down note, Carolina officially went 0-4 on the powerplay and they continue to be disappointed with their performance with the man advantage.  Ryan Murphy had to leave the game early when he was injured with a high-stick.  There was no update on his status.

On the other side, the Canes were not called for a single penalty all game.

After a scoreless overtime, Lucas Lessio started things off in the shootout for the home team and made a beauty of a move on Ward but hit the post with his attempt.

Then, Bill Peters sent out Lindholm and the Swede looked smooth beating Smith.   Rask was the other Carolina shooter and he was stopped.

Ward stopped the other two Arizona shooters and the Canes picked up their first win of this road trip, (1-1-1).  Next up will be the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

  • Justin Faulk led the team with 29:39 of ice time.  He finished with four blocked shots, three shots on goal, and had four hits.
  • The Canes only won 37% of the game's faceoffs.  Both Jordan Staal and Andrej Nestrasil were at 27%.
  • Carolina outshot Arizona 41-29 and were led by Jordan Staal, Nathan Gerbe, and Jeff Skinner with four each.