Canucks upend Carolina in overtime
Vancouver, with three power-play goals on the night, needed a fourth Friday to put away the resilient defending Stanley Cup champions.
Daniel Sedin redirected a pass from brother Henrik past Carolina goalie Cam Ward at 3:02 of overtime with Scott Walker serving his second delay of game penalty to cap a 4-3 Canucks win in Vancouver.
The home side appeared to have the game in hand, leading 3-0 early in the third period, when the tired-looking Hurricanes, led by Erik Cole, stepped up with three goals in less than 12 minutes to force OT.
Mike Commodore made it 3-3 with less than three minutes left in regulation when he beat Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo to record the first goal by a Carolina defenceman in a month.
"When you're up 3-0, you should hold onto the lead," said Daniel Sedin.
"We can't think too much about that. We got the two points and that was the most important thing. The puck movement was good. It was a good team game."
Jan Bulis, Marc Chouinard and Yannick Tremblay also scored for Vancouver, which evened its record at 14-14-1, including 5-0 in OT.
"We made a couple of mistakes and took a couple of penalties we shouldn't of. They jumped on it and tied it up," said Canucks coach Alain Vigneault.
Bulis ended a 13-game scoreless streak, while captain Markus Naslund had two assists for his first points in four games.
Brendan Morrison set up three goals for the Canucks, who have scored more than two goals only three times in their last 17 games.
Vancouver looked to have the game in the bag when Tremblay made it 3-0 on the power play at 5:17 of the third period, but Craig Adams got the Hurricanes on the board just 17 second later.
Third consecutive loss
Cole, who also had two assists on the night, made it 3-2 on a power play goal at 15:42.
It was the third consecutive loss for the Hurricanes (15-13-3) on their swing through Western Canada.
Walker was penalized twice for shooting the puck over the glass.
Carolina coach Peter Laviolette didn't want to comment on Walker's penalty in OT.
"What difference does it make?" he said. "It's a rule. It doesn't matter what I think. You win by it, you lose by it, you live by it.
"Scott is the heart-and-soul guy of this team. We will persevere together."
Forced to be sharp
Carolina finished 1-for-7 with the man advantage, while Eric Staal also failed to score on a second-period penalty shot.
Playing their third game in four nights, the Hurricanes started the game with a gale-force effort, forcing Luongo to be sharp.
The big goaltender set the tone early by first stopping a Cole shot, then getting into position to block Adams's swipe at the rebound. He also gloved a laser blast from Justin Williams.
The Canucks lost forward Tommi Santala with a knee injury in the first period. He's expected to miss at least three weeks. Defenceman Sami Salo and forwards Taylor Pyatt and Rick Rypien were hurt in Monday's 4-0 loss in Edmonton.
Vancouver visits the Calgary Flames on Saturday (CBC, 10 p.m. ET).
With files from the Canadian Press