Pominville Lifts Wild Over Hurricanes 3-2 In Shoot Out
Pominville scored a goal in regulation and the game-winner in the shootout to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
It was the first victory for the Wild in six trips to Carolina.
Jiri Tlusty and Ryan Murphy scored for the Hurricanes, who had won two straight. Justin Peters stopped 28 shots but allowed all three goals in the shootout.
Since losing five straight, the Hurricanes have earned points in their last three games. They have two more remaining on a five-game homestand.
Carolina was 0 for 3 on the power play, while Minnesota finished 0 of 4.
Neither team had enjoyed any success in shootouts this season. Minnesota lost its three previous tries, including its last game at Washington. Carolina’s record in the tiebreaker fell to 0-3.
Pominville opened the scoring 3:33 into the first period on a breakaway for his 200th NHL goal.
The Hurricanes responded 1:20 later when Murphy, a second-year defenseman, took a shot from the right point that Harding couldn’t stop.
Tlusty made up for a pair of penalties he took in the first period by scoring his third goal of the season. He slipped a shot underneath Harding’s pads as he skated through the slot at 7:14 of the second period.
Fontaine tied it 4:08 later.
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