After two wholly disappointing periods from the Carolina Hurricanes, something had to change.
A six-goal third period from the Hurricanes turned a 5-2 loss in the making into an eventually 8-6 victory on home ice over the Vancouver Canucks.
Carolina’s four alternate captains combined for nine points on Tuesday. Jeff Skinner scored twice on the powerplay, Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal netted a goal and an assist and Victor Rask had a goal and two helpers.
Faulk’s nine shots on net ranks second-most by a defenseman this season. Aaron Ekblad (11) and Brent Burns (9) are the only blueliners to reach the nine-shot mark this year, but both of them did so in losing efforts and didn’t tally any points.
Tuesday’s 14 goals scored ranks tied for first all-time in goals scored at the PNC Arena. Back on October 28, 2005, in the then-RBC Center, the Hurricanes topped the Philadelphia Flyers by the same 8-6 score. Tuesday was the fifth time that Carolina had scored eight goals in a home game. It was the highest-scoring NHL game since the Winnipeg Jets beat the Flyers 9-8 on October 27, 2011.
The Hurricanes have now won seven consecutive home games and are once again above NHL .500 with a 12-11-6 record.