The Carolina Hurricanes sure are enjoying three-on-three hockey as of late.
The Canes won their second straight game in overtime on Saturday, defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-3. Andrei Svechnikov sealed the victory at 1:33 of the overtime session with his ninth goal of the season. “I closed my eyes and just tried to put it on net,” Svechnikov said of the goal. “It’s huge [to get the win], hopefully we can keep it going in Chicago.”
Dougie Hamilton had the primary assist on the game-winner. Teuvo Teravainen (5), Hamilton (5), and Svechnikov (4) all extended their current point-streaks in the win.
James Reimer made 32 saves to earn his third win of the season and first since October 8th. The Canes improve to 5-4-1 on the road this year and have now won three straight overall.
Head coach Rod Brind’Amour was happy to secure the points but not thrilled with the overall performance. “We found a way to win a game we weren’t very good in. To me, that’s the positive. [It was] a terrible second period...we take the win and move on.”
Devan Dubnyk made 24 saves in the loss. Zach Parise (6), Luke Kunin (4), and Carson Soucy (1, his first in the NHL) scored for Minnesota.
Joel Edmundson’s recent run of good form continued as he got the Canes on the board at 3:56 of the first period. A slick pass from Martin Necas found Edmundson at the point for a slapper that found its way past Devan Dubnyk. Former Wild Nino Niederreiter got the secondary assist against his former club.
The Canes took a 2-0 lead two minutes later, as Teravainen slid a pass to Brock McGinn who beat Dubnyk high to the glove side. The assist extended Teravainen’s point streak, which now stands at five games.
Minnesota dominated play in the second period. They outshot Carolina 15-7, and put seven shots on frame before the Canes registered a single reply at the opposing net.
Kunin cut the Canes’ lead to one at 4:27 with quick release that beat James Reimer. But the Canes pushed their lead back to two goals at 8:50 off of a textbook example of forechecking your way to a goal. Jordan Staal got the puck deep with speed, knocked the puck loose to Ryan Dzingel behind the net, who found Warren Foegele for a shot in front of the net. Foegele’s third of the season made it 3-1.
After an action-packed sequence on the power play from the Canes failed to extend the lead to three, a shorthanded goal from Parise reinvigorated Minnesota. The Wild completed the comeback and tied the game at 17:04 on a Soucy wrister with an assist from former Hurricane Victor Rask.
A tightly played third period with no scoring earned both teams a point in the standings and sent the game to overtime - where Svechnikov ended it.
The Canes conclude their road trip with a Tuesday night game in Chicago against the Blackhawks.