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Carolina loses fourth game in a row as they fall in Vancouver.

Carolina Hurricanes v Vancouver Canucks
VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 09: Ilya Mikheyev #65 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates after scoring during their NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena on December 9, 2023 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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The Carolina Hurricanes stepped up their game a bit but lost a tight contest to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Saturday night in Vancouver.

Antti Raanta played well to start the game but let in a couple of key goals later on to pick up the loss. He made 20 saves on 24 shots.

The Canes played better in this one but still lost too many important one-on-one battles to earn the win.

Martin Necas was beaten directly in front of the net as he mis-timed his defense on an easy goal by Ilya Mikheyev. Early in the third period, Sebastian Aho was out-muscled behind his net by Elias Pettersson, who would score the game-winner.

Brind’Amour mentioned in his post game interview that they “gave away” two goals and you cannot do that and expect to win against a good team.

Jordan Martinook scored his first goal of the season in the second period and Brady Skjei scored a powerplay tally off of a beautiful set up by Dmitry Orlov.

Stefen Noesen tied the game at three early in the third period, but Pettersson scored his goal just a minute later to seal the deal.

Next up the team will face the Senators in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

  • After being outshot in the first two periods the Canes eventually evened things up in the third as both teams finished with 24 shots on goal.
  • It was mentioned in the broadcast that Sebastian Aho has not had a point so far this road trip. He was -2 in this game. Michael Bunting was -3.
  • Once again Brent Burns led the team with 23:43 of ice time. Actually that total led both teams.
  • The Canucks had 23 hits to Carolina’s 12. They also had 18 blocked shots to five for Carolina.
  • The Canes had a players only, closed door meeting after the game.

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