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Hurricanes 6, Flames 5, SO

Tuesday, 01.11.2011 / 8:02 PM

Associated Press

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Hurricanes 6, Flames 5, SO
Calgary Flames 5, Carolina Hurricanes 6

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Jeff Skinner traded a few shoves with some bigger opponents, then delivered the shot of the night by scoring in the shootout.

What the NHL's youngest player hasn't done yet is show his age.

Skinner scored the only goal of the shootout and Cam Ward stopped Calgary cold to lift the Carolina Hurricanes past the Flames 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Jussi Jokinen had two goals and an assist in his return to the ice, and Erik Cole, Tuomo Ruutu and Eric Staal also scored for the Hurricanes. They blew a three-goal lead but won their third straight to improve to 6-0-2 in their last eight.

"I think we know we have things to work on (and) I think everyone knows what they are," Skinner said. "You just are happy to get out of here with the two points and regroup and come back better the next day."

Jarome Iginla and Niklas Hagman each had a goal and an assist. Jay Bouwmeester, Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque each scored a goal and Olli Jokinen had two assists for the Flames. Their early 2-1 lead evaporated after allowing four straight goals, but they rallied to force extra time - only to drop their fourth straight and second in a row in a shootout.

"I'm not happy with the point. We need to win games," coach Brent Sutter said. "It was great that we battled back, and we played like we did in the third period, but we should never have a letdown like we did in the second."

The 18-year-old Skinner, who entered with 32 points to lead all rookies, had an early assist before coming through late with the only goal in the shootout. He deked Henrik Karlsson before snapping the puck high past him for his team-leading third shootout score of the season.

"I want to be a difference-maker in the game, and that's shooting in the shootout," Skinner said.

Ward stopped a wrist shot from Alex Tanguay and a backhand from Ales Kotalik before Hagman sent a wrist shot into his pads to end it.

Calgary trailed 5-2 late in the second period but reeled off three goals in an 11-minute span. Hagman started the rally with a slap shot with about 3 minutes left in the second, Glencross made it a one-goal game 1:31 into the third, and Bourque tied it at 5 with a wrist shot with 12:21 remaining.

"The third period was a good character period by us, but it's so frustrating because when you see what you can do when you stick to the game plan and everyone buys in. You see the results you can have," center Brendan Morrison said. "But when you don't do that for a full game, it's difficult to win in this league."

Carolina had a chance to win it in overtime, taking the only four shots of the extra session, but came up empty on a power play before Karlsson stuffed Jussi Jokinen from point-blank range with about 10 seconds left.

Ward, who along with Staal will play in the All-Star game later this month on home ice, returned after missing two games with a lower body injury and finished with 27 saves for Carolina. Miikka Kiprusoff made just four saves for Calgary, giving up four goals before he was relieved early in the second by Karlsson, who finished with 21 saves.

"What (Karlsson) did in net for us was, he battled," Sutter said. "And that's what we want to see with our whole team."

The Hurricanes appeared to have things under control in the second, scoring two goals seconds after power plays expired and building a three-goal lead.

Cole gave Carolina a 3-2 lead 8 seconds after a Calgary penalty expired by poking the puck past Kiprusoff. Then, 5 seconds after the Hurricanes came up empty on another power play, Staal made it a two-goal game, chasing Kiprusoff by beating him with a backhand with 14 1/2 minutes left.

Jussi Jokinen then stretched it to 5-2 when he deflected the puck past Karlsson with about 5 minutes left in the second. Jokinen, who missed six games with a lower body injury, tied it at 2 late in the first with a wrist shot that beat Kiprusoff.

"It's tough to come back - obviously, you don't know in what kind of shape you are, but I have worked pretty hard off the ice," Jokinen said. "It's not fun, but it pays off when you feel like that and you come back like that."

Iginla, named an All-Star for the sixth time, registered the 500th assist of his career on Bouwmeester's goal just over 4 minutes in. The Calgary captain made it 2-1 later in the first when he backhanded in a rebound for his team-leading 18th.

Notes: Ward was credited with his first assist of the season on Staal's goal. ... Kiprusoff has allowed 11 goals in his last three starts. ... An announced crowd of 10,096 braved a winter storm that coated some roads with ice.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:13
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Jarome Iginla (21), Olli Jokinen (14)
1 - 0 CGY
11:46
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (11) Tip-in - ASST: Chad LaRose (9), Jeff Skinner (19)
1 - 1 Tie
13:06
CGY
Jarome Iginla (18) Backhand shot - ASST: Alex Tanguay (22), Olli Jokinen (15)
2 - 1 CGY
16:29
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Brandon Sutter (7)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
02:16
CAR
Erik Cole (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (21), Sergei Samsonov (10)
3 - 2 CAR
05:37
CAR
Eric Staal (21) Backhand shot - ASST: Ian White (9), Cam Ward (1)
4 - 2 CAR
14:50
CAR
Jussi Jokinen (8) Tip-in - ASST: Tim Gleason (9), Patrick Dwyer (8)
5 - 2 CAR
16:48
CGY
Niklas Hagman (9) Slapshot - ASST: NONE
5 - 3 CAR
3rd Period
01:31
CGY
Curtis Glencross (10) Snap shot - ASST: Niklas Hagman (11), Robyn Regehr (5)
5 - 4 CAR
07:39
CGY
Rene Bourque (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (16), Tim Jackman (6)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCARCGYTOTAL
1J. Jokinen
A. Tanguay
0 - 0
2J. Skinner
A. Kotalik
1 - 0
3T. Ruutu
N. Hagman
1 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
07:30
CGY
Adam Pardy  Tripping against  Erik Cole
08:40
CGY
Cory Sarich  Hooking against  Jussi Jokinen
2nd Period
00:08
CGY
Brendan Morrison  Slashing against  Eric Staal
03:32
CGY
Ales Kotalik  Slashing against  Sergei Samsonov
07:32
CAR
Jay Harrison  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
04:52
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Cory Sarich
04:52
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
08:37
CAR
Jeff Skinner  Boarding against  Curtis Glencross
OT Period
02:38
CGY
Rene Bourque  Slashing against  Erik Cole
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 8TOI: 25:37
Saves: 4EV: 3 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Henrik Karlsson
SA: 22TOI: 39:23
Saves: 21EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .955SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
18-11-5
SA: 32TOI: 65:00
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .844SH: 1 - 1