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Andrew Brunette (15) scored the Wild's only goal in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday in Helsinki. (Heikki Saukkomaa / Associated Press)

Wild lose in shootout in Finland

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Wild lose in shootout in Finland
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Andrew Brunette scored on a power play in the first period to give the Minnesota Wild the game's first goal, but the Carolina Hurricanes came back to beat win, 2-1 in a shootout today in Helsinki.


Finnish-born Tuomo Ruuto scored the game-tying goal in the second period for Carolina (2-0).

The Wild (0-1-1) leave Finland with one point to open the season.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom made 36 saves for Minnesota, while Cam Ward had 41 for the Hurricanes.

Minnesota 1 0 0 0--1

Carolina 0 1 0 0--2

Carolina won shootout 1-0

First Period--1, Minnesota, Brunette 1 (Koivu, Barker), 17:23 (pp).

Second Period--2, Carolina, Ruutu 1 (Jokinen, Skinner), 2:00.

Third Period--None.


Shootout--Minnesota 0 (Koivu NG, Burns NG, Miettinen NG), Carolina 1 (Skinner G, Jokinen NG, Ruutu NG).

Shots on Goal--Minnesota 18-12-4-8--42. Carolina 11-10-15-1--37.

Goalies--Minnesota, Backstrom. Carolina, Ward. A--13,465 (13,464). T--2:44.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.