NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Vancouver
(Sunday, December 14th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Carolina 1 (OT)
Vancouver, AB (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund's goal with just 47 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 victory over Carolina at GM Place.
Trevor Linden also scored for Vancouver, which has only lost once in its eight games (4-1-3), having recorded 11 of a possible 16 points in that time. Alex Auld turned aside 30 shots in the win, including four in overtime.
Eric Staal scored the lone goal for Carolina, which is just 1-2-1-2 over its last six games. Kevin Weekes started in net for the Hurricanes, stopping 22 of the 23 shots he faced. Jamie Storr replaced him in the third period, and surrendered one goal on nine shots.
Naslund's game-winner was set up by Todd Bertuzzi, who picked up the puck inside his own zone, crossed center ice and fed a pass to Naslund streaking down the left boards. Naslund cut towards the net, faked a backhand, and wristed his 16th of the season inside the left post to beat Storr.
It was the 10th time in its last 14 games that Vancouver went to overtime. The Hurricanes have gone to OT in seven of their last 12 games.
Vancouver trailed 1-0 after two periods, but Linden tallied his eighth of the season just 3:17 into the third to knot the score, one-timing a slap shot over Weekes' shoulder from just inside the left circle.
After a scoreless first period, Staal's sixth of the season got Carolina on the board at 13:01 of the second. He beat Auld with a backhand through the legs.
Vancouver has given up the first goal at home in eight straight games.
The Canucks, 10-2-3 on home ice, will visit Nashville on Tuesday to kick off a three-game road trip...Carolina has lost four of its last five games away from home.
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