Brent, Sutter lead Carolina to 5-3 win over reeling Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Tim Brent and Brandon Sutter scored in a 48-second span of the third period Saturday and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied past the Minnesota Wild 5-3.
Drayson Bowman scored twice and recorded an assist for the Hurricanes. Goaltender Brian Boucher made 21 saves and recorded his first win of the season.
Kyle Brodziak had a goal and two assists for Minnesota. Nick Johnson and Erik Christensen also scored for the Wild, who have lost eight of nine games.
Trailing 3-2, Carolina quickly changed the direction of the game in the third period. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Bowman made a perfect pass to a streaking Sutter for a breakaway. Sutter made a nice move and his backhand beat Minnesota's Matt Hackett on the stick side to tie it at 7:16 of the third.
Less than a minute later, Brent launched a shot from just inside the blue line that got past Hackett and gave the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead. The goal came just as a Minnesota penalty expired.
Chad LaRose added an empty-net goal at 18:45.
Minnesota was in control for much of the first two-plus periods.
Johnson gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead at 12:33 of the second period when he knocked his own rebound up and over Boucher. Three minutes later, Brodziak made a perfect centering pass to a streaking Christensen -- who scored for the third time in three games -- and the Wild led 3-1.
With three points, Brodizak tied his career high of 37 points in a season, set a year ago with Minnesota.