Sutton scores pair as Hurricanes beat Wild 4-3 in NHL season opener

HELSINKI – Brandon Sutter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 in the opening game of the NHL season Thursday.

Anton Babchuk and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Hurricanes.

Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left to leave the Wild down by one, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made a late save to preserve their win.

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Minnesota’s Guillaume Latendresse scored at 3:33, but Sutter equalized on a power play with 10 seconds left in the first period.

Babchuk put Carolina in front at 5:58 of the second period, but Minnesota centre Matt Cullen tied it at 9:52.

Finnish centre Jokinen restored the Hurricanes’ lead on a two-man advantage at 11:16, and Sutter made it 4-2 at 18:03.