Justin Faulk scores the game winning goal against Michal Neuvirth in overtime. (Photo: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE)

Faulk Wins it for Canes (Canes-4, Caps-3, OT)

Justin Faulk received a cross-ice pass from Brandon Sutter and ripped it past Michal Neuvirth at 3:38 in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes just their third overtime win of the season. The Canes had to come back from an early deficit as the Caps scored the only first goal of the period as Troy Brouwer took a loose puck from behind the net and backhanded it past Cam Ward. Former Cane Keith Aucoin received the primary assist. Shots on goal in the first period were 13-10 in favor of the Canes.

The scoring ramped up in the second period from both sides, and Jay Beagle would be the one to do it. Dmitry Olov took a slap shot from the blue line and Beagle was in front of the net to cash in the juicy rebound to give the Caps a 2-0 lead at 4:11 of the second period. Just 40 seconds later, however, Jiri Tlusty took a beautiful cross-ice pass from Jerome Samson and knocked it pass Neuvirth to bring the Canes within one. Eric Staal received the primary assist on the play, which brought his point streak to 12 games. It was also the 11th straight game with an assist, which broke the previous franchise record of 10 games. The recently returned Chad LaRose then tied the game up at two with a lucky bounce off of a Tim Gleason slap shot from the blue line at 8:30. Bryan Allen received the secondary assist on the play. Shots on goal were 15-11 in favor of Carolina in the second period, but both teams headed into the second intermission tied at two. Brandon Sutter gave the away team a quick lead into the third period as he scored on a beautiful backhand shot on a breakaway at 1:45. Brooks Laich would bring the Caps back into it with just 2:52 left in regulation time. Both teams had plenty of chances in the third period, but Carolina had the shots on goal advantage 18-11. Heading into overtime, Cam Ward had a couple of good saves before Justin Faulk was able to break up a puck in the Caps’ offensive zone and he was off on a two-on-one breakaway with Brandon Sutter before receiving a pass from Sutter to score the game winner. It was the first win of the season for the Canes in the nation’s capital.

Notes/observances:

  • Cam Ward had a busy night as he stopped 46 of 49 shots (.939 save %). He was not named a star by the Capitals, but he was mentioned as the third star by FS Carolinas.
  • Brandon Sutter was no worse for wear after flying through the air to avoid Lightning tender Garon on Saturday night, as he had 2 points (1G, 1A), +2, 18:48 TOI and 3 shots on goal.
  • The Canes went 0/2 on the power play as the Caps went 0/1.
  • After having a rough opening first few minutes, Tim Gleason was able to redeem himself throughout the night and ended up with 2 assists and 21:37 of ice time.
  • Carolina outhit the Capitals 24-20, with Tim Brent leading the Canes with 3 hits.
  • The Canes dominated the face-off circle all night, with a 62% to 38% advantage. Tim Brent (70%), Brandon Sutter (69%), Jussi Jokinen (65%) and Eric Staal (63%) lead the way for Carolina.

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Tags: Brandon Sutter Cam Ward Eric Staal Jerome Samson Jiri Tlusty Jussi Jokinen Justin Faulk Tim Brent Tim Gleason

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