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Hurricanes defeat Fleury, Golden Knights in shootout to end skid

Ward gets 300th NHL victory, helps Carolina to first win in five games

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 in a shootout at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, spoiling goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's return from a two-month absence.

Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes (12-11-7), who ended a four-game losing streak (0-2-2) one night after a 3-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks.

 

[WATCH: All Hurricanes vs. Golden Knights highlights]

 

Goaltender Cam Ward made 22 saves to become the 32nd goalie in NHL history to reach 300 wins.

"It's something I've been striving for, for a while," Ward said. "I was very fortunate to get it tonight. The guys put forth a great effort, especially coming in a back-to-back situation."

Fleury, who had not played since Oct. 13 because he was recovering from a concussion, made 35 saves. Reilly Smith and Deryk Engelland scored for the Golden Knights (19-9-2), who lost for the first time in five games.

Fleury was tested early, facing six shots in the opening 3:43.

"It was nice," he said. "I think the first shot, I slipped, missed my post and made a quick save. Not a pretty first one, but it was nice to make a couple of saves and get going."

Video: CAR@VGK: Ward wins 300th career game in SO

Phillip Di Giuseppe scored the deciding goal in the bottom of the fifth round of the shootout. Brock McGinn's goal in the third round kept the tiebreaker going after Reilly Smith scored the first goal for the Golden Knights in the top half of the third.

Kruger scored his first goal of the season at 16:25 of the first period to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb attempted to clear the puck from behind the net, but it deflected off Kruger's stick and past Fleury.

"We haven't had many of those. It was obviously a bizarre type play and an unfortunate bounce for them, but a good bounce for us," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We were due to get a bounce, and we got one here tonight."

The Golden Knights tied it 1-1 at 1:07 of the second period when Engelland scored, but van Riemsdyk put the Hurricanes back in front 2-1 at 4:38.

Smith scored on a breakaway at 12:48 to tie it 2-2 off a stretch pass from defenseman Colin Miller.

Vegas had Kruger and van Riemsdyk briefly during the offseason. Kruger was acquired in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on July 2 but was traded to Carolina two days later. Van Riemsdyk was selected from the Blackhawks in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, but the defenseman was traded to the Hurricanes the next day.

Fleury made 15 saves in the third period, when Ward made seven.

"I thought [Fleury] had a heck of a game," Ward said. "He's a guy that I respect a lot. I've been going against him for a lot of years. He's got a lot more wins (378) than I do. It was great to see him back in the net. You never want to see a guy injured, and it was too long."

Video: CAR@VGK: Di Giuseppe makes sweet move for SO win

 

Goal of the game

Kruger's goal at 16:25 of the first period.

Video: CAR@VGK: Kruger blocks pass, puck ricochets in

 
Save of the game

Ward stopping Miller's slap shot at 12:52 of the third period.

Video: CAR@VGK: Ward makes athletic pad save on Miller

 

Highlight of the game

Smith's goal off a pass from Miller at 12:48 of the second period.

Video: CAR@VGK: Smith scores thanks to Miller's great pass

 

They said it

"To face a new team, in a new building, in a new city, it was a fun atmosphere. You can see why they've got the record they do at home; they put on a pretty good show here, and it was fun to be a part of." -- Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward

 

"I'm a firm believer of when you work hard and compete hard, you're going to get your bounces and get your breaks. We just didn't work hard enough tonight … but again we found a way to battle through it and get a point." -- Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant on the Hurricanes taking a 1-0 lead on a fluke goal

 

"I think Fleury was real good in nets tonight, made some real big saves for us to keep us in it. Again, we got a big point that we probably didn't deserve, but we found a way." -- Gallant on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

 

Need to know

Hurricanes forward Victor Rask's three-game goal streak came to an end. … Ward's first NHL win was a 3-2 shootout victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 7, 2005. … It was the first loss for the Golden Knights past regulation at home this season. They were 5-0 in overtime and the shootout.

 

What's next

Hurricanes: At the Buffalo Sabres on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, SN360, ATTSN-RM, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Ward earns 300th win as Hurricanes edge Vegas in SO

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