The first game of the 2010-11 NHL season is in the books. From AP-
Anton Babchuk, back after a year in the Russian KHL, and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes.
Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made a late save to preserve the win.
Guillaume Latendresse scored for Minnesota 3:33 into the game, but Sutter tied it on a power play with 10 seconds left in the first period.
Babchuk put Carolina in front at 5:58 of the second period on another power play in which coach Paul Maurice lined up three forwards.
“I’ll do it again. If the power play struggles, it affects the offense, and it has been good to think of something which could be positive,” Maurice said.
New Minnesota center Matt Cullen tied it at 9:52 against his former team, but Carolina upped the pace and took control.
Jokinen restored the Hurricanes’ lead on a two-man advantage at 11:16, and Sutter made it 4-2 at 18:03 after a great rush by Patrick Dwyer up the right wing.
Ward came away with 29 saves, while Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom turned away 31 shots.
The NHL season opener belongs in North America, not Europe. I’m dead set against regular season sports games being played any where but at sites chosen by the teams involved.
The Florida Panthers won the first game of the 2009-10 season also played in Finland. They went on to finish with the 3rd worst record in the league. I expect Carolina to do better this season, but not make the playoffs.
- The dumps- Carolina lose 10th in a row, Florida Panthers wins 3-0
- Hard to believe- Philadelphia routs Carolina 6-1
- Carolina Hurricane Goalie Cam Ward taken to hospital with a cut in his leg
- Record win- Florida beats Minnesota 3-2
- Florida Panthers- Too little, Too late
- Carolina signs Goalie Manny Legace
- Slap shot- Carolina beats NJ 2-1 in overtime
- Carolina Hurricanes fire coach Peter Laviolette
- Washington and Carolina advance in Stanley Cup playoffs
- How about them Florida Panthers?
- Eight is Enough- Edmonton beats Chicago 8-4
- Lydia Ko wins New South Wales Open
- The Comeback I- Pittsburgh Penguins beat NY Islanders 5-0
- Seattle Mariners Outfielder Greg Halman stabbed to death at age 24
- Hee Young Park wins CME Titleholders Championship
- Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball Coach Kurt Budke dead at 50
- Costly mistake- Blackhawks waive Rostislav Olesz
- Manager Tony La Russa announces retirement
- Puck Drop- Florida Panthers start the 2011-12 NHL season
- 13-time PGA Tour winner Dave Hill dead at 74
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