Ducks Vs. Hurricanes Final Score: Saku Koivu Seals Anaheim Shootout Win, 3-2

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Saku Koivu scored the game-winning goal in the second round of the shootout, leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center. Koivu picked up the puck and moved in slowly before deking to his backhand then switching to his forehand in close and sliding the puck past Hurricanes netminder Justin Peters.

Jonas Hiller stopped Jeff Skinner, Eric Staal and Brandon Sutter to secure the win for the Ducks.

Luca Sbisa and Corey Perry scored in regulation for the Ducks, winners in two of their last three games. Hiller finished with 30 saves on 32 shots.

Jerome Samson and Jamie McBain lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who got 35 saves from Peters in defeat.

"It was a playoff-style game, a lot of pressure out there," Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller said. " I would absolutely use Staalsy (Staal) again in the shootout, he just rang it off the post."

Carolina opened the scoring at 13:52 of the first period when Jiri Tlusty gained the offensive blue line leading a 3-on-2 rush. Tlusty dished to Samson, who let a quick wrist shot go from the right wing that hit off bodies in front and found its way past Hiller to give the Hurricanes the early lead.

Anaheim though, came right back to tie the game at 14:40 after Nick Bonino outworked two defenders in the right corner, found Sbisa wide open in the slot and the steady defenseman ripped a quick snap shot past Peters.

Skating with the man advantage, the Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead at 5:40 of the second period after Jussi Jokinen won a key offensive zone draw to the left of Hiller back to Jaroslav Spacek at the right point. Spacek sent a pass over to McBain, who beat Hiller clean with a slap shot.

The Ducks tied the game at two with a power-play tally of their own at 9:35 of the third period after Ryan Getzlaf accepted a pass from Cam Fowler below the goal line to the left of the net. Getzlaf tried a sharp angle shot that was kept out by Peters, but Perry chipped home the rebound from in front.

Game Notes

Tlusty extended his points streak to nine consecutive games, while Staal has points in seven straight contests...Carolina fell to 7-3-1 in its last 11 home games...Anaheim converted 1-of-5 power play chances, while the Hurricanes went 1-for-2 with the man advantage...Carolina will host the Florida Panthers on Saturday, while the Ducks will face the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

For more news and information on Ducks hockey, be sure to read Anaheim Calling.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.