Goligoski scores in OT, Wild beat Hurricanes 2-1

Nov 19, 2022, 6:16 AM | Updated: 9:11 pm
Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) celebrates with center Nic Petan (19) after Goligoski...

Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) celebrates with center Nic Petan (19) after Goligoski scored in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

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              Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) celebrates with center Nic Petan (19) after Goligoski scored in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) works with the puck in front of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) jumps into the arms of left wing Marcus Foligno (17) in celebration after Goligoski scored in overtime against the Carolina Hurricanes during an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild center Sam Steel (13) celebrates with defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) after Steel scored a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota won 2-1 in overtime. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild center Mason Shaw (15) handles the puck next to fallen Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brent Burns during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Carolina Hurricanes right wing Andrei Svechnikov (37) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) and right wing Brandon Duhaime (21) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) watches the puck after blocking a shot by the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Carolina Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho (20) is congratulated by teammates for his goal against the Minnesota Wild during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov (97) is defended by Carolina Hurricanes center Jack Drury (18) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild center Sam Steel (13) watches the puck after Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov (52) turned away his shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
            
              Minnesota Wild defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) handles the puck in front of Carolina Hurricanes center Jack Drury during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Goligoski scored 1:12 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Sam Steel had a goal and an assist, and Filip Gustavsson stopped 20 shots as the Wild snapped a three-game losing streak.

Goligoski, who was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game earlier this season, got a pass from Steel in the extra period and tallied his first goal of the season. It was his third career overtime goal and first since 2017.

“It was a big night,” Goligoski said. “I had so much family and friends in the building. I was emotional with my family even before, so just to end up like that, it was just a crazy, emotional night.”

Sebastian Aho scored for the second straight game for the Hurricanes, who lost for the first time in six games when leading after two periods. Aho’s ninth goal of the season came 6:13 into the first period.

“We just were (bad) after that, even the second half of the first,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of the quick start. “The fact that we got a point out of that game is a miracle, in my opinion. We were God-awful. When you have two or three guys playing and the rest were going through the motions, that’s what you get.”

Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov made 19 saves for Carolina, missing a chance to become the eighth goalie in NHL history to win the first six decisions of his career.

Both goalies are getting opportunities with their team’s starter injured. Carolina’s Frederik Andersen missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury, and Minnesota’s Marc-Andre Fleury is out with an upper-body injury.

Kochetkov, a 2019 second-round draft pick, played 49 games in the KHL in his native Russia and was named the top goalie in the 2019 World Junior Championships while winning a bronze medal for Russia. The 23-year-old was coming off a 27-save shutout against Chicago in his last start.

Steel finally solved Kochetkov with 2:37 left in the third as he got a pass from Jared Spurgeon from behind the red line and snapped off a quick shot wide of Kochetkov while being checked. It was Steel’s third of the season and first in 14 games. He was elevated to the top line with Kirill Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello before the game.

“You wait for opportunities like this,” Steel said. “At the same time, I didn’t want to change my game or try and be somebody that I’m not. They put me there to play my game. A little bit of pressure to perform. At the same time, it’s a great opportunity and playing with those guys is a treat.”

Aho scored his ninth of the season 6:13 into the first period on a 2-on-1 rush to give the Hurricanes an early lead. Martin Necas sent a cross-ice pass to Aho, who shot a one-timer past Gustavsson, who couldn’t get across the crease quickly enough.

“I think it’s partly us kind of stepping off the gas a bit and kind of hoping we can scooch one out,” Carolina forward Jordan Staal said. “It’s the NHL. You sit back at all, it usually ends up in the back of your net. It wasn’t pretty, the second and third.”

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Goligoski, in his second season with the Wild, had been scratched in 12 of the previous 13 games. The 37-year-old defenseman hadn’t scored since Nov. 26, 2021, a span of 60 games without a goal.

The Minnesota native was honored in a pregame ceremony. He was presented with a ceremonial silver stick for playing 1,000 games by Wild general manager Bill Guerin, a former teammate of Goligoski in Pittsburgh.

IN AND OUT

Forward Nic Petan was recalled by Minnesota from Iowa of the AHL and made his Wild debut. Petan was needed with Jordan Greenway continuing to deal with an upper-body injury and Tyson Jost placed on waivers.

Minnesota also scratched rookie Marco Rossi for the second time this season. He had played in 14 straight games but only had one point.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: At Winnipeg on Monday night.

Wild: Host Winnipeg on Wednesday night.

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