Sutter’s OT Goal in Game 6 Leads 6th-seeded ’10-’11 Hurricanes Over 3rd-seeded ’08-’09 Hurricanes

(via cbssports.com)

Brandon Sutter was basically a non-factor for the ’10-’11 Hurricanes until he scored the series-clincher in OT in Game 6. (via cbssports.com)

The third-seeded ’08-’09 Hurricanes made a statement in Game 1 of this series as they won 5-1 and outshot the sixth-seeded ’10-’11 Hurricanes 58-29. The ’08-’09 Canes scored four of those goals in the second period and four players posted a multi-point game while goalie Cam Ward stopped 28 of 29 for a .966 save percentage. In Game 2, Ward stopped all 33 shots he saw as the ’08-’09 Canes won 2-0 and Eric Staal scored both goals in the win. That was the first of three consecutive shutouts, but the second and third shutouts were the Ward playing for the ’10-’11 Canes. He posted a 27-save shutout in Game 3 in a 3-0 win and then posted a 34-save shutout in a 6-0 win in Game 4.

Offensively, the ’10-’11 Canes were led by Staal in Game 3 as he posted a goal and two assists and then were led by defenseman Joe Corvo in Game 4 as he posted a goal and an assist with a +4 rating. With the series now tied 2-2, the ’10-’11 Canes continued their momentum into Game 5 with a 6-1 win when they were outshot 50-32. It was Erik Cole who led the way this time as he posted a four point night (2G, 2A) while Ward stopped 49 of 50 shots against. Then, in Game 6, the ’10-’11 Canes trailed 2-1 late in the third, but Tuomo Ruutu tied the game with less than two minutes left to force an overtime. The ’10-’11 Canes concluded their upset in the series when Brandon Sutter scored the OT winner with just over eight minutes remaining in the period. So, to wrap up the First Round, the lower seed won three of the four series’ in this tournament.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Hurricanes 0 0 1 1
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 4 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 5   ’10-’11 CAR – 1   (1-0   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Justin Williams (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   5 S

2nd Star: G – Cam Ward (’08-’09 CAR) – W   1.00 GAA   .966 SV% (28 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’08-’09 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   14 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Hurricanes 0 0 0 0
’08-’09 Hurricanes 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 CAR – 2   ’10-’11 CAR – 0   (2-0   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’08-’09 CAR) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (33 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: G – Cam Ward (’10-’11 CAR) – L   2.00 GAA   .956 SV% (43 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’08-’09 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   17 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 0 0 0
’10-’11 Hurricanes 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 CAR – 3   ’08-’09 CAR – 0   (2-1   ’08-’09 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’10-’11 CAR) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (27 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’10-’11 CAR) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   7 S

3rd Star: G – Cam Ward (’08-’09 CAR) – L   3.00 GAA   .923 SV% (36 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 0 0 0
’10-’11 Hurricanes 4 2 0 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 CAR – 6   ’08-’09 CAR – 0   (2-2)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’10-’11 CAR) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (34 SV’s)   SO

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’10-’11 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   11 S

3rd Star: D – Joe Corvo (’10-’11 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   3 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’10-’11 Hurricanes 3 3 0 6
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 0 1 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 CAR – 6   ’08-’09 CAR – 1   (3-2   ’10-’11 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Erik Cole (’10-’11 CAR) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +4   2 S

2nd Star: G – Cam Ward (’10-’11 CAR) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV% (49 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Eric Staal (’10-’11 CAR) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   4 S   2 PIM

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Hurricanes 0 1 1 0 2
’10-’11 Hurricanes 0 0 2 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’10-’11 CAR – 3   ’08-’09 CAR – 2   (OT)   (4-2   ’10-’11 CAR)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Cam Ward (’10-’11 CAR) – W   2.00 GAA   .966 SV% (57 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Eric Staal (’10-’11 CAR) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +3   11 S

3rd Star: G – Cam Ward (’08-’09 CAR) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .938 SV% (45 SV’s)

That wraps up the First Round of the 2015 Carolina Hurricanes Qualifying Tournament!

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