Canucks fend off Hurricanes in OT
Bo Horvat nets a pair, including game-winner
Vancouver Canucks centre Bo Horvat has used a simple formula to dominate the Carolina Hurricanes over the past 10 days.
Horvat got his second goal with 1:35 left in overtime, giving him four goals in two games against the Hurricanes this month, and the Canucks won 3-2 on Friday night.
"I guess it's just shooting the puck," Horvat said. "I don't know what's going on scoring-wise, but it definitely feels nice to put the puck in the net.
Horvat also keyed a 3-2 win over Carolina nine days earlier and has half of his eight goals this season against the Eastern Conference foe. The 20-year-old was the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft and has produced mixed results this season, getting 19 points but also posting a team-worst rating of minus-20. He was plus-2 on Friday.
"My dad and I were talking about the plus-minus yesterday," Horvat said. "It obviously bothers me. My biggest pet peeve is getting scored on. I'm lucky to get a couple of pluses here tonight."
Horvat won it when he one-timed a shot from near the top of the right circle during a delayed penalty call. It was his sixth goal in his last six games.
"Bo has started taking a lot of faceoffs and doing extra things and he has seemed to flourish," Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. "When he got more given to him, he seemed to find his game. He has been good the last six games, not only offensively but defensively.
"We knew we were hanging on all night. We've had some games that we should have had that we didn't get, and we've had some that we shouldn't have had but we did. And we got this one."
Linden Vey got his first goal of the season and Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves for the Canucks.
Carolina's John-Michael Liles made it 2-2 with 2:10 left in the third period. Kris Versteeg also scored for the Hurricanes, and Cam Ward made 19 saves.
"I'm glad we got the point," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. "I'm glad we stuck with it and were resilient. We had really good looks in the last 40 minutes and we had some skilled players with the puck in some good spots. We were able to find a way to get a point on a night when we didn't play a complete game."
Vey beat Ward stick side from the left circle on an unassisted rush with 6:46 left in the first.
Versteeg tied it on a power play with 1:33 left in the first, blasting the puck past Markstrom glove side from the right circle with Jaccob Slavin assisting.
Carolina outshot the Canucks 19-5 in the second period.
"We spent a little bit more time in our zone than we wanted, and we kept with it," Markstrom said. "On the road it doesn't have to be pretty. It was just one of those nights, and it's the end result that counts."
Horvat put the Canucks ahead again at 9:32 of the second by ripping the puck over Ward's left shoulder. Taylor Fedun got the assist in his first NHL game this season.
Liles tied it on a tough-angle goal from the left side, with Andrej Nestasil on the assist.