Hurricanes defeat Wild 4-3 in NHL season opener

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 on Thursday.

Anton Babchuk and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the

Hurricanes.

Brent Burns scored for Minnesota with 3:21 left to get the Wild

within one, but Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward made a late save to

preserve the win.

Minnesota forward Guillaume Latendresse scored first at 3:33,

but Sutter tied it up with the first of his two goals on a power

play with 10 seconds left in the first period.