Case Of The Awful’s
The Vancouver Canucks started strong after a poor performance in Columbus, but couldn’t ice a complete sixty minute effort, resulting in a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday.
Cam Ward and Cory Schneider both put on outstanding performances in their respective creases, but the hometown goaltender held the fort down late, allowing his team to complete the comeback.
Mason Raymond capitalized on early chemistry with Alex Burrows and Henrik Sedin on Vancouver’s makeshift first line to jump the Canucks out to a two-goal lead midway through the game, but Vancouver struggled to close out the game without any secondary scoring.
The Canucks didn’t seem to miss Daniel Sedin at all during the first half of Thursday’s game, but fell apart after Drayson Bowman sparked the Carolina comeback.
Tuomo Ruutu’s goal late in the second period opened the game back up for the Hurricanes, shifting the momentum Carolina’s way continued through the intermission.
Bowman struck again with his second of the season only 37 seconds into the third period to give the Hurricanes the lead to start the final frame.
The quick turnaround shocked the Canucks, leading to a penalty and newcomer Jaroslav Spacek’s first of the season that extended the home lead to a pair.
After Alex Burrows put a backhander past Cam Ward to cut the deficit in half, the Canucks came short on their late chances as the home goaltender stood on his head to secure the victory.
Ward’s save on defenceman Keith Ballard late in the third was a sublime stop, despite the lacklustre effort from the blueliner.
The Canucks appeared to have learned their lesson after allowing the Blue Jackets to catch them off guard earlier this week, but blew another easy two points against the Hurricanes on Thursday.
Neither goaltender can be blamed for a pair of poor performances from the Canucks on the road recently; the team will have to bring a more inspired effort against Toronto Saturday on Hockey Night in Canada.
BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP
Carolina 4, Vancouver 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, December 15, 2011
Where: RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina
Referees: Dave Jackson, Rob Martell
Linesmen: Brad Kovachik, Mike Cvik