The Carolina Hurricanes (12-11-6) scored a touchdown and went for two as they defeated the Vancouver Canucks (12-16-2) 8-6 on Tuesday night. That score is hardly indicative of the roller-coaster ride of the wildest game of the season so far. The Canes earned a measure of revenge by downing the Canucks after Vancouver won the previous match-up 5-4 in overtime on October 16th.
The scoring began with Sebastian Aho lighting the lamp early in the first period for his fifth goal of the season. Sven Baertschi, who had three points on the night, tied the game shortly thereafter at the 7:35 mark of the first period. Jeff Skinner gave the home team the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission, striking on the power-play for his 10th of the season.
The second period can be described easily: a meltdown. Sloppy play in front of the net and a sleeping Cam Ward resulted in quick goals by Alexandre Burrows and Markus Granlund to give the visitors the 3-2 lead. The goals were scored only 1:13 apart, resulting in Ward being pulled for Michael Leighton.
At the 8:47 mark of the second period, Ben Hutton released a shot from the circle that was tipped by Carolina’s Teuvo Teravainen and bounced over Leighton’s shoulder to put the Canucks up 4-2. Baertschi added his second goal of the game just as a power play expired to give the Canucks the 5-2 edge heading into the second intermission.
The Hurricanes came alive in the third period. Jeff Skinner added his second of the game early in the third period on the power play after Burrows committed a penalty late in the second period.
In a series of events that could only seem to come out of a dramatic sports movie, the Hurricanes then responded with three quick goals from Ron Hainsey, Victor Rask and Justin Faulk to give them the 6-5 lead. All four goals were scored in a 5:56 span.
Jordan Staal, who returned for Tuesday’s game after missing seven games with a concussion, scored the seventh goal for the Hurricanes at 12:38, which turned out to eventually be the game winner, but for a time gave them a two-goal lead.
The Canucks made it interesting as former Hurricanes Brandon Sutter scored to pull the Canucks within one. The Hurricanes then turned to their league-leading penalty kill late in the third after Elias Lindholm was sent to the box.
The penalty was killed and the Canucks pulled Jacob Markstrom for the extra attacker but it was to no avail. Lee Stempniak added the empty-netter to seal the game and give the Hurricanes their seventh straight win at home.
The Hurricanes get two days off before starting a home back-to-back against the Washington Capitals on Friday night.
- The last time the Canes played a game that featured this many goals was October 28, 2006, also an 8-6 Canes win (although not featuring nearly the momentum swings of this one) over the Flyers.
- The Canes’ eight goals were the most they have scored in a home game since a 9-0 pasting of the Islanders on April 7, 2009.
- The six goals the Canes scored in the third period tied a franchise record for third period scoring. They’ve done it twice before, most recently January 11, 2007 in a 6-4 win over the Panthers in which they also overcame a three-goal deficit at the second intermission.
- All four alternate captains scored goals, and each of them had at least two points.
- The Canes’ special teams were special again. The power play went 2-for-3 and the penalty kill was perfect for the eighth straight game, although with an asterisk since Baertschi’s second goal came eight seconds after the end of Lindholm’s penalty.
- Faulk’s goal was his first in 20 games, and after finally snapping a 22-game drought on Saturday Stempniak suddenly has a two-game goal streak.
- Joakim Nordstrom, reunited with Staal and Lindholm again, played in his 100th game with the Canes.
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