A couple of the Hurricanes players had today's game against the Minnesota Wild circled on their calendars because it was the first time that they would be playing in their home state at the NHL level. Justin Faulk and Jamie McBain both grew up playing in Minnesota and the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul was the building where Faulk's University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs won their first NCAA national championship a little under a year ago. Both of them had an emotional return to the State of Hockey but the guy who stole the show today was Colorado-native Drayson Bowman, who had a two-goal, three point performance to lead the Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the Wild.
This win did not come easy, though as Carolina had to battle back from a 3-1 deficit and really made goaltender Brian Boucher earn his first win of the season late in the game. Neither team had much of a territorial advantage and things could have gone either way but it looked like the Wild had a win locked up when they took a 3-1 lead. This was a team that was 18-4-2 when leading after the second period and Carolina wasn't exactly producing a lot of offense but if there's one thing Minnesota hockey has taught us this weekend, it's that a two-goal lead isn't safe in hockey and the Hurricanes showed that today. They got a late second period goal on a lucky bounce and then came out strong in the third with two more goals to take the lead. Despite not recording a scoring chance in the last ten minutes, the Hurricanes held onto the lead and took home a win.
A very nice win to build off of as we head into the final stages of this road trip.
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