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Carolina 5, Minnesota 4
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 13, 2018
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Steve Kozari, Furman South
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Greg Devorski
Attendance: 18715

Sebastian Aho's second goal 2:57 into overtime lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory against the host Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes have matched their best five-game start in franchise history with a 4-0-1 record.

Justin Williams' goal -- the captain's first of the season -- with 1:09 remaining in regulation forced overtime. Aho picked up his second assist of the night on the tally.

Jordan Staal and Brett Pesce also scored for the Hurricanes. Williams and Pesce assisted on the winning goal.

Mikael Granlund's first goal of the season with 4:13 to play in regulation gave the Wild a 4-3 lead.

Charlie Coyle, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which has not lost in regulation in three home outings.

Carolina goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped 19 shots.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made 52 saves.

Staal's goal came when the puck went off his knee for the opening score 8:12 into the first period. He has a goal in four of the team's five games.

Carolina held a 14-2 edge in shots barely 13 minutes into the game. The shot margin was 20-5 through the first period and increased to 36-9 after two periods.

Despite the gap in shots, the Wild pulled even late in the opening period on Coyle's power-play goal. Coyle's first goal of the season came on a rebound.

It wasn't until Carolina's 32nd shot that it gained its second goal when Pesce converted with 4:47 to play in the second period. His redirection of Aho's feed marked his second goal of the season.

Aho has a five-game points streak to begin the season, becoming the fifth player to do so since the franchise relocated to North Carolina for the 1997-98 campaign.

Again, the Wild tied the game, this time with Spurgeon's backhanded shot finding the net shortly after a power play expired just 1:20 into the third period. It was his first goal of the season.

Zucker's go-ahead goal came on a power play 5:41 into the third period. That gave the Wild three goals on 13 shots.

Aho's tying power-play goal came on a long rebound with 10:38 to play in regulation.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Carolina   Minnesota
Sebastian Aho 4 Points Mikael Granlund 2
Sebastian Aho 2 Goals Mikael Granlund 1
Sebastian Aho 2 Assists Zach Parise 2
Sebastian Aho 1 Power Play Goals Charlie Coyle 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis McElhinney .826 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .912
Curtis McElhinney 19 Saves Devan Dubnyk 52
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Carolina 57 5 1-9 3-5 14 35
Minnesota 23 4 2-5 8-9 22 42
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game on the road against Nashville. The Wild have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Winnipeg. The Hurricanes have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .500 after a loss.