Carolina Hurricanes

Canucks goalie Ryan Miller gets second shutout in two days against Canes

The Canes' Victor Rask (49) battles around the net with the Vancouver Canucks' Shawn Matthias (27), Ryan Miller (30), Kevin Bieksa (3) and Nick Bonino (13) during the third period of an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Vancouver Canucks at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 16, 2015. The Canucks beat the Canes 3-0.
The Canes' Victor Rask (49) battles around the net with the Vancouver Canucks' Shawn Matthias (27), Ryan Miller (30), Kevin Bieksa (3) and Nick Bonino (13) during the third period of an NHL game played between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Vancouver Canucks at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 16, 2015. The Canucks beat the Canes 3-0. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes couldn't score Friday on Vancouver goalie Ryan Miller whether he was in the net or not.

Miller made it back-to-back shutouts and the Canucks scored three second-period goals in beating the Canes 3-0 at PNC Arena.

Miller's fifth shutout of the season came a day after he blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0. It was the 34th shutout of his career and his second win over the Canes this season.

"We had a few looks that you'd want to take another shot at," Canes captain Eric Staal said. "But I don't think we battled enough or worked enough to create more offensively. When we did create chances Miller was real sharp."

Derek Dorsett, Shawn Matthias and Alex Burrows scored in the second for the Canucks (25-15-3), who were playing the third game in a five-game road trip before the NHL All-Star Game break. That's all Miller needed, making 28 saves while Canes coach Bill Peters pulled goaltender Cam Ward after the second period and replaced him with Anton Khudobin.

The Canes (14-25-5) outshot the Canucks 12-4 in the opening period to keep Miller busy. Patrick Dwyer had a shot go off Miller and then off the post.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, Carolina was finishing off a penalty kill when Riley Nash chased after the puck in the Vancouver zone. Miller left the net to play the puck, only to have Nash beat him to it, but Nash couldn't hit an open net as the Canucks' Nick Bonino backchecked.

"I was trying to settle it as much as possible and just whack it in the general direction," Nash said. "Just missed it. That's a tough one because we're down 1-0. That's a big momentum swing. They scored just after that, so that's pretty much the ball game there."

The Canucks, showing no sign of fatigue, took a 1-0 lead as Dorsett chased down a chip from Bonino in the Carolina zone and beat Ward.

On Vancouver's second goal, Jannik Hansen passed to Matthias, who chipped the puck past defenseman Justin Faulk and scored on a breakaway.

Matthias' goal came 33 seconds after Nash's near-miss. Faulk had a chance to play the puck on both scoring plays but couldn't.

Burrows made it 3-0, blasting a shot past Ward with a little more than three minutes left in the second.

That's high efficiency -- three goals on 13 shots against Ward.

"It seemed like we didn't give them a whole lot but when we gave them their chances they were Grade-A chances," Nash said.

Miller, who missed a recent start because of illness, improved his record to 22-9-1. After a scoreless first, he denied Andrej Nestrasil early in the second on a two-on-one rush to keep the Canes from taking the lead.

The Canes had a second-period scare when Jeff Skinner crashed into the end boards in the Vancouver zone. Skinner was taken to the locker room for concussion testing and soon returned to the game -- Canes coach Bill Peters said Skinner banged a shoulder on the play.

The Canes, who have a road game Saturday in Ottawa, had won four straight on home ice and were 4-1-1 in January before Friday. But the Canucks have beaten Carolina 11 of the past 14 games.

"We didn't stay with it hard enough and weren't quite hungry enough in the hard areas of the game," Peters said. "I didn't think we competed as hard as we needed to be to be successful."

Not against Miller.

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