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REVIEW: HURRICANES 1, MINNESOTA 1

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Arturs Irbe made 28 saves as the Hurricanes closed out a three-game road trip Wednesday night with a 1-1 tie against the Minnesota Wild.

"They did a good job of defensive positioning and didn't give us a lot of chances," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "We missed the net quite a bit and had a few blocked, but overall we had a bit of a problem with the handcuffs tonight."

The Hurricanes took just one shot on goal in the third period and none in overtime. The Wild managed eight shots in the third, but was unable to get the game-winner past Irbe.

Carolina, outshot 11-6 in the opening period, rebounded to have a 12-9 advantage in the second period.

Halfway through the second period the Hurricanes tied it on Jeff O'Neill's eighth goal of the season. After Tanabe took a bad-angle shot that was sticked away by Fernandez, the rebound went directly to O'Neill in the high slot.

With traffic in front screening Fernandez, O'Neill snapped off a wrist shot that caught the upper left corner of the net.

"I just tried to shoot it as high and as hard as I could," O'Neill said. "It went in the net, where earlier in the year it would have hit the post and went to the corner."Fernandez said he was surprised that O'Neill shot the puck.

"I came out and tried to move toward him, thinking that he was going to deke me," Fernandez said. "He needed to make a perfect shot to beat me, and he did."

Game notes
The Carolina franchise last played in Minnesota as the Hartford Whalers on March 27, 1993, beating the Minnesota North Stars 2-1. ... Despite heavy snow in the area, the Wild sold out their 16th consecutive game and remain on pace to break the expansion attendance record, set by Atlanta last season.

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
Carolina01001
Minnesota10001

First Period: Scoring: 1, Minnesota, Pellerin 3 (shorthanded) (Dowd),12:05. Penalties: Sekeras, Min (slashing), 10:27.
Second Period: Scoring: 2, Carolina, Oneill 8 (Tanabe, Kapanen), 9:13.Penalties: Brindamour, Car (goalie interference), 1:28; Willis, Car (crosschecking), 4:06; Hendrickson, Min (high sticking), 10:39; Minnesota bench,served by Nielsen (too many men on the ice), 18:41.
Third Period: Scoring: None. Penalties: Battaglia, Car (holdingstick), 1:33; Walz, Min (cross checking), 10:10.
Overtime: Scoring: None.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina61210--19
Minnesota

11
9
8
1
--29

Power-play Conversions: Car - 0 of 4, Min - 0 of 3. Goalies: Carolina,Irbe (29 shots, 28 saves; record: 10-9-4). Minnesota, Fernandez (19, 18;record: 7-7-2). A:18,064. Referees: Meier, Zelkin. Linesmen: Mach, Seitz.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER STATISTICS

CarolinaMinnesota
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
Hatcher
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
even
even
even
even
even
even
+1
even
even
even
even
even
even
-1
even
even
even
even
0
3
0
0
2
3
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
1
0
2
1
4
Benysek
Bombardir
Dowd
Gaborik
Gavey
Hendrickson
Krivokrasov
Kuba
Laaksonen
Mckenna
Nielsen
Odonnell
Pellerin
Roest
Sekeras
Sushinsky
Sutton
Walz
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
+1
+1
+1
even
even
even
even
even
-1
even
-1
-1
+1
even
-1
even
even
-1
0
1
0
1
3
1
3
2
3
0
0
1
3
1
3
5
2
0
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