Jussi Jokinen scored the winning goal in the shootout and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the visiting Minnesota Wild, 5-4, yesterday to end a 14-game winless streak.
Carolina’s second man in the shootout, Jokinen, went to his backhand and lofted the puck above the glove of Niklas Backstrom. It was Jokinen’s 25th career shootout goal, most in NHL history. He also has eight game-winners in the format.
When Michael Leighton stopped Marek Zidlicky on the Wild’s final chance, the Hurricanes had their first win since Oct. 9.
Leighton made 28 saves in his second start of the season and Ray Whitney, Jokinen, Joe Corvo, and Brandon Sutter scored in regulation for Carolina, which blew two three-goal leads.
Robert Earl scored the first two goals of his career, John Scott added his first career goal, and Antti Miettinen also scored for the Wild.
Blackhawks 4, Sharks 3 - Brent Seabrook scored 41 seconds into overtime, giving Chicago its seventh consecutive home victory.
Despite the loss, the Sharks extended their streak of games with at least a point to 12 (9-0-3). The NHL’s best team with 32 points, San Jose hasn’t had a regulation defeat since Oct. 22 at Tampa Bay.
Thrashers 3, Oilers 2 - Slava Kozlov broke out of his slump with his first goal of the season and host Atlanta beat Edmonton for its fourth consecutive victory.
Kozlov, who had 26 goals last season, put the Thrashers in front with 8:01 left in the third period after going scoreless in the first 16 games.