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Williams leads Hurricanes in Storm Surge with salute in first game back

After scoring shootout winner, forward pays tribute to troops on Military Appreciation Night

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Williams leads surge after SO win

NYI@CAR: Williams scores SO goal, leads Storm Surge

Justin Williams scores the decisive shootout goal in his return and then salutes the fans as part of the Storm Surge

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Justin Williams sealed his first game-winner back with a salute.

The Carolina Hurricanes forward led his team in a Storm Surge celebration after their 2-1 shootout win on Military Appreciation Night against the New York Islanders.

Sunday was Williams' first game for Carolina since he signed one-year contract Jan. 7, and the Hurricanes celebrated military members throughout the game. They gave veterans and active-duty military members a seat upgrade after fans sitting in the front row gave up their seat for the troops.

Then Williams gave everyone a show.

He scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout by beating Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss five-hole, then after the traditional Skol clap, celebrated by taking his helmet off and offering a simple salute.

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