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Wild allow two late goals, lose third straight

Hurricanes score twice in final 3:24 to extend point streak to five

by Kurt Dusterberg / NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen scored late in the third period to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Arena on Thursday.

The Hurricanes cycled the puck in the corner before Rask cut to the net and slipped the puck through the legs of goalie Devan Dubnyk with 3:24 left for a 2-1 lead. Teravainen scored into an empty net with 1:26 remaining to make it 3-1.

"There wasn't much going on," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "We had most of our offense on the power play, not a lot 5-on-5. They defend very well. It was a dogfight out there."

 

WATCH: All Wild vs. Hurricanes highlights

 

Eddie Lack made 31 saves for the Hurricanes (29-27-12), who have a point in five straight games (3-0-2).

The Wild (43-20-6) lost a third straight game to end their road trip 1-4-0. Minnesota trails the Chicago Blackhawks by three points for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference. Chicago defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1.

"The guys are feeling it," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's been a long trip. We had opportunities, we just didn't score."

Video: MIN@CAR: Lack lays out for brilliant glove save

Carolina took a 1-0 lead on Derek Ryan's power-play goal at 4:37 of the first period. When Dubnyk bobbled Noah Hanifin's shot, Ryan got to the net for his 11th of the season. 

"A little garbage goal there," Ryan said. "We were just talking about getting pucks and bodies to the net against everyone we're playing, even more so against a (6-foot-6) goalie who has played a lot of good hockey this season."

Minnesota tied the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal at 12:35 of the first. Mikko Koivu cut to the slot and passed ahead to Mikael Granlund, who scored his third shorthanded goal of the season.

Video: MIN@CAR: Ryan pokes home rebound for power-play goal

Lack, who made his first start since March 7, stopped Charlie Coyle's open-net bid with a glove save 30 seconds into the third period.

"Their defense is really gapped up," said Lindholm, who set up Rask's goal. "Their forwards track back hard, so there wasn't that much room. At the end, Eddie saved us a couple times."

 

Goal of the game

Lindholm's hard work along the boards set up Rask, who powered past Wild forward Jason Zucker for the go-ahead goal.

Video: MIN@CAR: Rask sneaks go-ahead goal past Dubnyk

 

Saves of the game 

Lack saved consecutive shots on the doorstep from Eric Staal, Coyle and Matt Dumba with 4:53 remaining in the third period.

Video: MIN@CAR: Lack turns away Staal, Coyle in the 2nd

 

Highlight of the game

Koivu split two defenders with a backhand touch on his pass to Granlund, who lifted the puck for his Wild-leading 24th goal.

Video: MIN@CAR: Granlund buries Koivu's nifty pass for SHG

 

Unsung performance of the game

Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin blocked four shots in 21:48 of ice time.

 

They said it

"Obviously we're not mathematically eliminated from the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]. I think that any time you're playing in the NHL, you have a lot to play for. We're just trying to keep that mindset, and also the mindset that, hey, if we string together some wins here, you never know what can happen." -- Hurricanes forward Derek Ryan

 

"I don't know if it was that much technical. I was on my [butt] a couple times. Sometimes you need to be a little lucky too, and that was the case today." -- Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack

 

"I don't know what it is at this point, whether it's we're not playing hard or it's puck luck or we're fatigued." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 

Need to know

Carolina trails the Toronto Maple Leafs by eight points for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. … Boudreau coached his 750th NHL game. His .660 points percentage is best among active coaches (452-212-86). ... Hurricanes center Jordan Staal played his 750th NHL game. ... Hurricanes center Lukas Wallmark, in his third NHL game, won eight of 12 faceoffs. ... Lack is 3-0-1 against the Wild.

 

What's next

Wild: Host the New York Rangers on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV)

Hurricanes: Host the Nashville Predators on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Lack's 30 saves help Hurricanes edge Wild, 3-1

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