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HELSINKI (AP) - Rookie Jeff Skinner scored the only goal of the shootout and Carolina beat Minnesota 2-1 on Friday for a sweep of the two season-opening games in Finland.

Skinner, an 18-year-old forward, set up Carolina's first goal from Tuomo Ruutu, which tied the game two minutes into the second period. The Wild opened the scoring 17 minutes into the first period on Andrew Brunette's goal.

Cam Ward made 41 saves for Carolina, stopping Mikko Koivu, Brent Burns and Antti Miettinen in the shootout to preserve the victory.

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Logan Couture scored on a power play midway through the third period for San Jose in the season opener for both teams.

San Jose's Torrey Mitchell opened the scoring 2:11 into the first period, and Joe Thornton made it 2-0 on a power play midway through the opening period.

Columbus' Kristian Huselius, from Sweden, and R.J. Umberger tied it with goals in a 15-second span late in the first period.

Antti Niemi, who helped lead Chicago to the Stanley Cup title last season, made 30 saves. Steve Mason stopped 25 shots for Columbus.

The teams will meet again in Stockholm on Saturday night.

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