The Carolina Hurricanes have a new nemesis.
Bo Horvat, who scored two goals against Carolina in Vancouver just a week or so ago, notched another two goals on Friday night as the Vancouver Canucks beat the Canes, 3-2 in overtime in front of 11,652 at the PNC.
Horvat now has eight goals for the season and half of them have been scored against the Canes.
The Hurricanes dominated long stretches of play in this contest and outshot the Canucks, 40-22 for the game, but had trouble solving backup goalie, Jacob Markstrom.
The Canes fell behind 1-0 when household name, Linden Vey beat Cam Ward, 13 minutes and change into the game. It was Vey's first goal of the season.
The Canes battled back though and tied the game on a powerplay goal by Kris Versteeg with 1:33 left in the period.
Justin Faulk was clipped in the face with a high stick at the end of the first and the Hurricanes were awarded a four minute powerplay but came up short the remainder of the first and beginning of the second. It was a wasted opportunity that would come back to haunt them.
Horvat would then score his first goal of the night midway through the second and the Canes would be playing catch up most of the rest of the way.
The home team outshot Vancouver 19-5 in the second and 11-7 in the third but it took a lucky bounce with just 2:10 left in the game to tie the score.
John-Michael Liles sent the puck toward the front of the net and it looked like it bounced in off a Vancouver skate.
The game went into overtime, where the Canes have had mixed results this season. Once again, Bill Peters primarily went with the two defensemen strategy but it did not work out this night.
The Canucks outshot the Canes 4-1 in the extra period and Horvat rang up Ward once again with a slapper that beat the Carolina goalie on the short side. Justin Faulk, Ron Hainsey, and Elias Lindholm were on the ice at the time.
The Hurricanes will travel to Pittsburgh Saturday and will play the Penguins at 3 p.m. on Sunday which will be another important game.
- Versteeg had a game high six shots on goal followed by Faulk with five.
- Carolina took a total of 72 shots compared to 39 for Vancouver.
- Nathan Gerbe led the team with four hits in his first game back.
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