Kesler, Canucks top Canes

Posted on December 1, 2013 

RALEIGH -- Ryan Kesler scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks denied the Carolina Hurricanes on all six power plays Sunday in winning 3-2 at PNC Arena.

The Canes (10-12-5) scored twice in 10 seconds in the opening minute of the second period to tie the score 2-2, but the Canucks led 3-2 after two.

Jordan Staal scored at 39 seconds of the second, then Nathan Gerbe at 49 seconds for a 2-2 tie. But the Canucks (14-10-5) answered 27 seconds after Gerbe's score as Ryan Kesler scored his second of the game.

Make it three goals, total, in 37 seconds.

The Canes had two power plays in the third period and hit the post on a shot by Justin Faulk from the point. With the puck trickling toward the goal line behind goalie Eddie Lack, the Canucks' Alexander Burrows alertly corralled the puck and got it out.

Both teams were coming off 5-2 losses -- the Canes against the New Jersey Devils on Friday and the Canucks on the road Saturday against the New York Rangers.

Kesler and Tom Sestito had goals as the Canucks controlled the first period in taking a 2-0 lead. But in the second, Jordan Staal first got off a shot, then charged the net to jam the puck past Lack, and Gerbe scored on a tight-angle shot after Eric Staal drove the net and the puck bounced toward the corner.

Kesler's second goal came after Chris Higgins controlled the puck behind the net and centered. Kesler came off the end boards, beating Eric Staal to the net.

The Canes were held to four shots in the opening period but had 17 in the second.

The Canes had six minutes of power-play time -- and 20 second of a 5-on-3 -- in the second period after a double-minor on the Canucks Daniel Sedin and then an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Brad Richardson. Jeff Skinner and Tuomo Ruutu got off shots but the Canes got little else.

Kesler scored on a 5-on-3 power play after an early skirmish in the Canucks zone. The Canes' Drayson Bowman was called for boarding, a hit that led to pushing and shaving and resulted in Canes defenseman Jay Harrison fighting Sestito. When Canes defenseman Mike Komisarek flipped the puck over the glass during the penalty kill, the Canucks had 1:05 of a 5 on 3.

Kesler needed just 11 seconds to score the power-play goal, his 11th of the season, at 3:24. The Canes were able to kill off the Komisarek penalty and keep it a 1-0 game.

Garrison scored an even-strength goal at 15:48 of the first as Sestito crowded Cam Ward in the crease. Ward was incensed and later had a chat with referee Kyle Rehman during a break in play.

Former Canes forward Zac Dalpe earned the primary assist on the Garrison goal.

The Canes, coming off a season-low 18 shots against the New Jersey Devils, had four in the first period. Lack, making his first start since Nov. 10 against Anaheim, was barely bothered in the opening period.

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