Carolina 5, Minnesota 3

Saturday, March 17, 2012 2:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Carolina 28-29-9-6 18-13-1-5 10-16-8-1 W2
Minnesota 29-32-2-8 15-15-1-3 14-17-1-5 L3


Drayson Bowman had a pair of goals and an assist as Carolina rallied to send host Minnesota to its first five-game regulation losing streak in team history.

Brandon Sutter and Tim Brent scored 48 seconds apart in the third period to give goaltender Brian Boucher his first win of the season,

Boucher, making his first start since suffering a lower-body injury on Dec. 5, turned aside 23 shots to improve to 1-4-1. Chad LaRose added an empty-netter for his fifth goal in seven games.

Kyle Brodziak had his first three-point game of the season with two goals and an assist for Minnesota, which tumbled to its eighth defeat in nine games.

After Bowman and Brodziak traded first-period goals, Nick Johnson and Erik Christensen scored less than three minutes apart to give the Wild a 3-1 lead with 4:36 left in the second period.

Bowman cut the deficit in half with his second tally less than two minutes later, when his pass in front bounced off Minnesota's Devin Setoguchi and past Matt Hackett.

Sutter deadlocked the game at 7:16 of the third on a 4-on-4 when Bowman's pass sprung him on a breakaway to complete a Gordie Howe hat trick.

Brent put the Hurricanes ahead 48 seconds later, beating Hackett on a screened shot from the right point.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Wild captain Mikko Koivu (shoulder) sat out his 14th consecutive game. He practiced the past two days but coach Mike Yeo decided not to rush him back. G Niklas Backstrom sat out his seventh straight game. ... Boucher earned his first victory since a postseason win over Buffalo on April 26, 2011. ... Carolina C Jiri Tlusty returned from a three-game absence and assisted on Brent's go-ahead goal.

Top Game Performances

Carolina   Minnesota
Drayson Bowman 3 Points Kyle Brodziak 3
Drayson Bowman 2 Goals Kyle Brodziak 1
Drayson Bowman 1 Assists Kyle Brodziak 2
N/A Power Play Goals Erik Christensen 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Brian Boucher .885 Save Percentage Matt Hackett .879
Brian Boucher 23 Saves Matt Hackett 29

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 34 5 0-1 1-2 11 23
Minnesota 26 3 1-2 1-1 9 32

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against Vancouver. The Wild have a W/L % of .552 after a win and .310 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play its next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of .296 after a win and .444 after a loss.
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