Hurricanes overtake Ducks in shootout

The Associated Press /

RALEIGH, N.C. — Winless in shootouts this season, the Carolina Hurricanes weren’t optimistic when Friday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks was tied after 65 minutes.

But Chris Terry helped the Hurricanes end their homestand successfully, scoring the game-winner in the shootout to lift Carolina to a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.

With the win, Carolina improved to 3-10 in shootouts since the start of the 2011-12 season.

“Obviously, the confidence wasn’t very high going into shootouts,” Carolina’s Jordan Staal said. “There’s a fine line in those shootouts — things can go right and wrong pretty quickly. We’re glad we got the upper hand tonight.”

Eric Staal and Drayson Bowman scored for Carolina in regulation, while Justin Peters made 28 saves.

Peters, who is filling in for the injured Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin, helped Carolina conclude a 4-0-1 homestand by making 138 saves on 144 shots in the five games.

“I’m just really proud of the effort of the guys,” said Carolina coach Kirk Muller. “We’ve had a couple injuries — guys have jumped in different spots, different roles, starting with Peters in net. He’s had a great week, great homestand here.”

Corey Perry had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, while Dustin Penner also scored.

In his first game since being activated from injured reserve on Thursday, Viktor Fasth stopped 21 shots.

After a nine-game stretch in which they went 8-0-1, the Ducks have lost three in a row. Anaheim entered Friday leading the NHL with 31 points.

“I think we played pretty well tonight,” Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne said. “The last two games, we haven’t been at the level where we should be, so we’re going in the right direction.”

Perry and Carolina’s Riley Nash had scored earlier in the shootout, but Terry won it when he skated quickly at Fasth and made a move before going to his backhand for the goal.

“It’s a different kind of way to help the team, but nonetheless, we got the two points,” Terry said.

Earlier in the third period, Penner tied the score at 2 with a one-timer on the power play at 7:18. Penner’s stick broke on the play, but the puck managed to flutter into the net.

The Ducks entered the game ranked 28th on the power play, having scored eight goals. Only two of those had come on the road.

Carolina took a 2-1 lead 3:01 into the third period when Bowman collected the puck off the boards and charged the net, shoveling the puck past Fasth after he skated along the goal line.

After the first 35 minutes had few scoring chances, Anaheim and Carolina both struck in the final five minutes of the second period.

The Ducks opened the scoring when Carolina’s Justin Faulk made an ill-advised pass through the middle of the ice from deep in his own zone. Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf intercepted the puck and passed it to Perry, who snapped it past Peters from close range at 18:00 of the second.

Perry entered the night tied for sixth in the NHL with 11 goals.

In other games on Friday:

Sabres 3, Maple Leafs 1: BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steve Ott had a goal and an assist, and the Sabres beat Toronto in coach Ted Nolan’s first game in 16 years behind the Buffalo bench.

Capitals 4, Red Wings 3: DETROIT — Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal of the shootout, and Washington rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Detroit.

Kings 2, Devils 0: NEWARK, N.J. — Dwight King and Anze Kopitar scored third-period goals, and Ben Scrivens made 26 saves to lift Los Angeles over New Jersey.

Penguins 4, Predators 1: PITTSBURGH — James Neal and Brandon Sutter each had a goal and an assist, and Pittsburgh snapped a three-game losing streak by beating Nashville.

Senators 4, Bruins 2: OTTAWA — Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan scored third-period goals, and Ottawa earned a comeback victory against Boston.

Wild 3, Panthers 2: ST. PAUL, Minn. — Charlie Coyle put Minnesota ahead with 8:22 remaining after Florida scored twice in the third period to tie it, and the Wild hung on to beat the Panthers for their sixth win in seven games.

Canadiens 3, Blue Jackets 2: COLUMBUS, Ohio — David Desharnais scored the only goal in the shootout and Peter Budaj stopped all three shots he faced in the tiebreaker to lead Montreal past Columbus.

Jets 3, Flyers 2: WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Dustin Byfuglien had two power-play goals and Bryan Little scored the winner in the shootout to give Winnipeg a victory against Philadelphia.

Sharks 3, Oilers 1: EDMONTON, Alberta — Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Joe Thornton helped set up three goals as San Jose beat Edmonton to stretch its winning streak to three games and extend the Oilers’ losing skid to six.