It would be a pair of 23 year olds that provided two points for the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night in Minnesota. Drayson Bowman and Brandon Sutter had multiple point games to help their team defeat the Wild. Bowman was out of the gates early with a goal just 62 seconds into the game. Brandon Sutter would keep the momentum running and get a stick tap from his teammates with a rare dropping of the gloves with Nate Prosser. Sutter may have been the first to hit the ice, but he handed a few solid right hooks. It was a terrific showing.
Minnesota answered Drayson’s victory in the first and claimed two goals in the second.
Bowman worked hard along the boards with about three minutes remaining in the second. The effort was paid in full when he was credited with another tally from a little tip-in. Sutter and Anthony Stewart had the assists.
The alternate captain would tie things up for the Canes at 7:16 in the final round. Bowman returned the favor by getting the speeding Sutter a perfect pass. Sutter beat Hackett with a well-placed backhander.
Tim Brent and Chad LaRose joined to show to seal Carolina’s victory 5-3. I must mention Rosey started his post game celebration from inside the Wild’s misplaced net. It was claasic Chad.
Alas, there was little time to celebrate as the Canes were off to Winnipeg. The Jets and Canes face-off at 8:30pm today Winnipeg has claimed three victories over the previous four contests, but a Carolina win could put a serious damper on the Jets’ playoff push tonight by taking two points.
They’ll have to do so without Jaro Spacek (upper body) and Jeff Skinner. Skinner fulfills his Shanahban after today’s game, but he’ll be missed this evening as Skinny boasts 2 goals and 2 helpers in just three previous games against Winnipeg this season.
Both southeast teams have gone 5-3-2 over the past ten games. Although, the Jets have won the past four of four contests at home. Carolina is coming off a big regulation win and they need to repeat history again tonight before facing Florida at home on Wednesday.