The Carolina Hurricanes entered tonight’s game leading the entire NHL, though it’s still very early, the Canes are showing potential with their best start to an NHL.
Carolina took the lead through veteran Jordan Staal, his fourth of the season. It was touch and go for a while as Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau challenged the call, hoping for goaltender interference, but the call on the ice stood.
Minnesota equalized when Charlie Coyle found the back of the net on the power play.
Carolina came out strong in the second period, defender Brett Pesce scored his second goal of the season after he saw his shot deflected in. The 23 year old only needs 8 more goals this season to tie with Noah Hanifin‘s defenseman high of 10 goals last season.
Minnesota flipped the game in the third period becoming the stronger team, scoring two goals in 10 minutes and taking their first lead of the night through Jason Zucker‘s power play goal, his 100th career goal.
Sebastian Aho leveled things for the Canes once again, before Mikael Granlund scored what the Wild thought would surely be the game-winner. Carolina captain, Justin Williams, had other thoughts however, with just over a minute left in regular time he scored a wrist shot sending the game in to overtime.
After a game in which tempers rose throughout, plenty of fights took place and numerous penalties were given, it was the Carolina Hurricanes who walked away victorious. Getting a goal and two assists in regular time Aho had already impressed Canes fans and the bench, but he was not done. The 21 year old Finn scored the overtime winner from Williams and Pesce to take the Hurricanes to a 4-0-1 record. He now has four goals and six assists this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes face the Winnipeg Jets in Canada tomorrow (7pm ET)
Minnesota Wild travel to Nashville to play the Predators on Monday (8pm ET)