Posted December 15, 2011 on AP on Fox
Drayson Bowman scored two goals to lead the Carolina Hurricanes 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 last-place Hurricanes. They scored four straight goals to rally from a 2-0 deficit, then held on to give Kirk Muller his first coaching win on home ice and snap a slide in which they had lost 16 of 20. Alex Burrows and Mason Raymond each had a goal and an assist, Kevin Bieksa also scored and Henrik Sedin had two assists to reach 700 career points for the Canucks, who entered 9-1-1 in their previous 11. Cam Ward made 33 saves for the Hurricanes. Cory Schneider stopped 37 shots for Vancouver. Carolina rallied from two goals down with scoring three times in a 4:45 stretch that spanned the second intermission. 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. 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. 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 skated without left winger Daniel Sedin, a late scratch because of a stiff back. He leads the team with 34 points and has 22 goals, three behind twin brother Henrik for the club lead. 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.
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