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game recap

Hurricanes 4, Canucks 3

Thursday, 12.15.2011 / 9:52 PM

Michael Smith

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Hurricanes 4, Canucks 3
Vancouver Canucks 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Drayson Bowman
1st
G: 2Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:07
Cam Ward
2nd
SA: 36TOI: 59:44
GA: 3EV: 30-33
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .917SH: 1-1
Tuomo Ruutu
3rd
Tuomo Ruutu
RW
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:18

Tracking the Storm: Analysis

The Carolina Hurricanes returned home after a four-game road trip to put on quite the show for the home crowd, which was one of the most raucous in the RBC Center this season. The Canes fell behind 2-0 in the second but were able to tie it going into the locker room after 40 minutes. Though the team was 0-6-2 on the season when tied after two periods, the Canes stuck to their game and came out on top. Drayson Bowman, playing in his second game since his recall from Charlotte, scored his first two goals of the season. His first goal came on a tip-in off a centering feed from Anthony Stewart. His second goal – scored just about 40 seconds into the third period – was a wrist shot labeled glove-side. “It was fun to play with Eric Staal,” he said. “It was kind of the game that I’ve been used to playing throughout my career, and it feels good to finally do it at this level.”

Bowman was moved up to Staal’s line early in the game, and Muller said he thought the two had good chemistry. Whether the combination will stick remains to be seen, but it sure was effective tonight. “I think you’ve got to put them into a spot where they can excel,” Muller said of young players, like Bowman. “If you keep throwing them on the fourth line when they come up, they’re just going to be a guy out of their element.”

Cam Ward was phenomenal in goal, and ended up stealing the game for the Hurricanes. Late in the third period, Ward made an outstanding glove save on Keith Ballard, who was staring down an empty net. Ward sprawled across the crease and snared the puck with his glove, bringing the crowd to its feet. Bryan Allen said Ward was “unbelievable.” Muller said he was “amazed” at the save and ranked tonight’s game as the best he’s seen #30 play. “That was the play of the game,” Muller said of Ward’s glove save. Muller called the Canes’ win “gutsy,” and it was. During the second intermission, Ward said the team knew they were going to “go for it” in the third period. They did so and scored two quick goals, including a power play goal from Jaroslav Spacek, his first as a Hurricane. The power play, though just converting 1 of 6 tries, looked good. There was active player movement and passes were snappy and purposeful. The man-advantage continues to trend upward, even when facing a top penalty killing team. Bryan Allen dropped the gloves with Aaron Rome in what almost resembled a line brawl in the first period, as everyone seemed to be squared off with a man. Allen landed a number of punches before falling on top of Rome, and the crowd roared. From that point on, the Canes controlled play for the most part, and the crowd never died down. “We kind of came out a little bit flat,” Allen said. “I just tried to give a little bit of a boost”

Recap (Associated Press)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Drayson Bowman needed less than 5 minutes to double his career goal total. That bit of timely scoring helped give Kirk Muller his first coaching victory on home ice, and - for a while, at least - lifted the Carolina Hurricanes out of last place in the East.

Bowman scored two goals to lead Carolina past the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3 on Thursday night.

Tuomo Ruutu added a deflected goal and an assist, and Jaroslav Spacek scored his first goal since being acquired by the Hurricanes, who scored four straight goals to rally from a 2-0 deficit, then held on to give Muller his first win at home and snap a slide in which they had lost 16 of 20.

Bowman, who was recalled from the minors three days earlier, wasn't around for most of those losses, but finished with the second two-goal game of his brief career. The win and a loss by the New York Islanders moved Carolina into 14th place.

"Coming up from Charlotte, that's just what you hope to do - come in and bring whatever you can," Bowman said. "If it's two goals, it's great."

Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond each had a goal and an assist, Kevin Bieksa also scored, Cory Schneider stopped 37 shots, and Henrik Sedin had two assists to reach 700 career points for the Canucks, who entered 9-1-1 in their previous 11.

"We had quite a few quality chances to put that game away, and we didn't," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Casual in front of their net, we weren't able to bury some grade-A scoring chances, made a couple of mistakes, and all of a sudden we're in penalty trouble and the score's 4-2 and it's really tough to come back in this league - especially against a world-class goaltender."

Cam Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes, who rallied from two goals down and scored three times in a 4:45 stretch that spanned the second intermission and began and ended with Bowman's third and fourth career goals.

"We talked about going out there and trying to make it happen," Ward said. "We didn't sit back in the third period ... and showed that we were going to go for it."

The Hurricanes took a 3-2 lead 37 seconds into the third on Bowman's second goal, which came when he switched from the backhand to the forehand and whipped the puck past Schneider from the circle.

Spacek, picked up in a trade with Montreal for Tomas Kaberle, made it 4-2 when he scored on a 6-on-4 situation with Carolina on a power play and with a second extra attacker because of a delayed penalty on Vancouver. Spacek took a feed from Ruutu and blasted the puck past Schneider.

Burrows scored on a rebound with 11:20 left to pull the Canucks within a goal, but Ward was impenetrable after that - including a sprawling reach across an otherwise wide-open net to rob Keith Ballard with about 6 1/2 minutes remaining.

"Pure desperation," Ward said. "Just a matter of not giving up on a puck."

That helped the Hurricanes improve to 2-5-1 since Muller took over 2 1/2 weeks ago for the fired Paul Maurice.

Carolina's comeback started with 4:08 left in the second, when Bowman pulled the Hurricanes within a goal at 2-1 off a pretty pass from Anthony Stewart. Ruutu made it 2-all when Bryan Allen's slap shot clicked off him with 51.6 seconds left.

"We never go away," Muller said. "We've been in every game. We haven't come up on the right side of the win column in some of them, but we need better starts. That goal (had) us saying, `We can play with these guys,' and I think the guys felt we had good momentum tonight. We just didn't score. We got that one, we're in the game."

Both teams managed plenty of offense despite skating without their scoring leaders. Carolina center Jeff Skinner - the NHL's rookie of the year last season who has 12 goals and 24 points - missed his third straight game and first since the team determined he sustained a concussion last week.

The Canucks were without left winger Daniel Sedin, a late scratch with what Vigneault said were back spasms. He leads the team with 34 points and has 22 goals, three behind twin brother Henrik for the club lead. Vigneault said it was too early to tell whether Daniel Sedin would play Saturday at Toronto.

Henrik Sedin reached his latest career milestone midway through the second, when his pretty pass from behind the net set up Raymond's goal that made it 2-0. Bieksa scored Vancouver's first goal roughly 5 1/2 minutes in with a blistering one-timer that a screened Ward had no chance of stopping.

Things got chippy about 2 minutes later when some shoving in front of Schneider gave way to five simultaneous one-on-one scraps of varying ferocity. Most notably, Allen wrestled Aaron Rome to the ice, then took a swipe at Maxim Lapierre on his way to the penalty box.

NOTES: Carolina had lost its previous 11 games in which it trailed after one period. ... Vancouver C Ryan Kesler has points in nine of 12 games. ... Webb Simpson, a Raleigh native who finished second in golf's FedEx Cup playoffs, sounded the ceremonial siren that welcomes the Hurricanes onto the ice.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:19
VAN
Kevin Bieksa (3) Slapshot - ASST: Chris Higgins (11), Ryan Kesler (15)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
09:51
VAN
Mason Raymond (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (26), Alexandre Burrows (7)
2 - 0 VAN
15:52
CAR
Drayson Bowman (1) Tip-in - ASST: Anthony Stewart (2), Jamie McBain (9)
2 - 1 VAN
19:08
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (10) Deflected shot - ASST: Bryan Allen (6), Jussi Jokinen (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:37
CAR
Drayson Bowman (2) Snap shot - ASST: Chad LaRose (10), Brandon Sutter (6)
3 - 2 CAR
06:12
CAR
PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (7), Tim Brent (5)
4 - 2 CAR
08:40
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (27), Mason Raymond (3)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:33
VAN
Aaron Rome  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
07:33
VAN
Keith Ballard  Roughing against  Jussi Jokinen
07:33
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Roughing against  Manny Malhotra
07:33
CAR
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Rome
07:33
VAN
Manny Malhotra  Roughing against  Tuomo Ruutu
10:27
VAN
Mason Raymond  Interference against  Drayson Bowman
15:10
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
2nd Period
03:28
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Jamie McBain
05:11
CAR
Tim Brent  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
3rd Period
05:12
VAN
Keith Ballard  Holding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
06:12
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Justin Faulk
12:20
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
12:20
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
7-5-0
SA: 41TOI: 59:21
Saves: 37EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .902SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
10-13-4
SA: 36TOI: 59:44
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1