North Carolina Sports: The Weekend In Review

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 08: Cam Newton
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Carolina Hurricanes 5, Minnesota Wild 4 (SO)

Last week, the 2017-18 NHL season began, and the Hurricanes (1-0-0, 2 pts) started the year with a shootout win over Minnesota (0-1-1, 1 pt) at PNC Arena.

Jaccob Slavin scored the game-winning shootout goal, the only score of the tiebreaker, to give Carolina the victory. The goal earned Slavin second-star honors for the game.

Sebastian Aho picked up the first star for the game with two assists in the third period. Aho tied for a team high with five shots on goal and also had two takeaways. Scott Darling manned the net for the Canes and saved 23 of 27 Minnesota shot attempts for the entirety of the contest.

The Wild jumped on the board first with a power-play goal within the first seven minutes of regulation before Joakim Nordstrom netted the first Carolina goal of the season five minutes later. However, Minnesota would end the period with the 2-1 lead as the Wild added another point with less than 90 seconds left in the first.

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Former Hurricane Eric Staal added another goal for the Wild less than 14 minutes into the second period before Derek Ryan notched a power-play score of his own to cut the deficit to 3-2 before the end of the block. Noah Hanifin nodded up the score with less than 15 minutes left in regulation to spark the 18,680 fans in attendance. Victor Rask gave the Canes the lead with 94 seconds left in the third period, but Mikko Koivu ended up scoring the tying goal with 0.3 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

Following the scoreless overtime period, Slavin’s goal came after Aho and Justin Williams failed their attempts. On Minnesota’s final shootout attempt, Staal’s shot missed the mark, giving the Canes the win.