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Raymond's pair leads Canucks past 'Canes

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Raymond's pair leads Canucks past 'Canes
Carolina Hurricanes 1, Vancouver Canucks 5
With Alexandre Burrows still recovering from a shoulder injury, the Vancouver Canucks are providing opportunities for others to step up in his absence.

Mason Raymond did just that on Sunday night.

Raymond scored twice and added an assist and Cory Schneider made 32 saves for his first NHL win since 2008 as the Canucks cruised to a 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Rogers Arena.

Mikael Samuelsson also had a goal and two assists to help Vancouver (2-2-1) rebound following back-to-back losses at Los Angeles and Anaheim.

"It's tough … we're not off to the start we want I guess, but I thought we played our best 60-minute game tonight," Raymond said. "We've had a lot of good games but haven't had the outcome and I felt like we've been snake bitten a bit. But that's the past. We played well tonight. We did the things I think that make us successful."

Andrew Alberts, in his first game against his former team, and Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver.
Schneider last won a game on Dec. 14, 2008. After three seasons with AHL Manitoba, Schneider has earned a full-time job in the NHL as Roberto Luongo's backup.

"I felt good," Schneider said. "Sometimes, you can be rusty and fight the puck a bit. But I think I was prepared and eager to get out there. It also helps when the guys keep a lot of shots to the outside. You can get a few saves and get into a rhythm right away.

"I didn't win one last year, so when you get one a year, it's tough to pile them up."

Patrick O'Sullivan scored for Carolina (2-2-0), which has not been home since playing an Oct. 1 exhibition game against Atlanta in at the RBC Center. The Hurricanes opened the regular season against Minnesota in Helsinki and are now in the midst of a five-game road trip. Carolina does not play a home game until Oct. 27.

Vancouver led 2-0 after the first period and 3-1 after the second. The Canucks went 2-for-5 on the power play while the Hurricanes were blanked on six man-advantage opportunities.

"It wasn't really a good game for us at all," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. "We came out flat, were outworked in both ends of the ice and weren't able to get anything going."

Alberts, who was acquired from Carolina at the trade deadline in March for a third-round draft pick, opened the scoring 5:37 into the game. He put in his own rebound after Manny Malhotra dug the puck out along the boards and sent it towards the net.

The goal matched Alberts' offensive output for all of last season.

"They had a better start than we did," Hurricanes center Eric Staal said. "I thought we responded better in the second period. We've got to find a way, no matter what our schedule has been. We've got to regroup and show a better start than we did tonight. It's got to start in San Jose (on Tuesday)."

Raymond -- who notched his 100th career point in the victory -- gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead on a power play midway through the first as he put in Jeff Tambellini's backhand feed across the goalmouth during a scramble.

Samuelsson raced out of the penalty box in time to convert a Tanner Glass goalmouth pass at 9:38 of the second, giving Vancouver a 3-0 lead. The goal came only seven seconds after Samuelsson's interference penalty had expired.

O'Sullivan scored for the Canes late in the second as he fired a slap shot over Schneider on a 2-on-1 with Ruutu.

Raymond converted Daniel Sedin's pass from the behind the net six and a half minutes into the third to put the Canucks ahead. Henrik Sedin also drew an assist as both twins extended their season-opening point streaks to five games.

"It's hard to fill Alex Burrows' shoes, but things went well, we made some good plays, so we'll see what happens the rest of the way," Raymond said.

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report.

scoring summary
1st Period
Andrew Alberts (1) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (3), Manny Malhotra (2)
1 - 0 VAN
PPG - Mason Raymond (1) ASST: Jeff Tambellini (1), Mikael Samuelsson (4)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
Mikael Samuelsson (1) ASST: Tanner Glass (1), Mason Raymond (1)
3 - 0 VAN
Patrick O'Sullivan (1) ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (1), Joe Corvo (2)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
Mason Raymond (2) ASST: Daniel Sedin (3), Henrik Sedin (6)
4 - 1 VAN
PPG - Ryan Kesler (1) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (1), Henrik Sedin (7)
5 - 1 VAN
Power Play Stats
Power Plays0/62/5
Power Play %13.0%20.4%
% on Road5.0%17.6%
% at Home21.6%24.3%
League Rank30th10th
penalty summary
1st Period
Chad LaRose  Interference against  Mikael Samuelsson
Tuomo Ruutu  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
Jeff Tambellini  Cross checking against  Joe Corvo
Andrew Alberts  Interference against  Tom Kostopoulos
2nd Period
Tom Kostopoulos  Interference against  Ryan Kesler
Mikael Samuelsson  Interference against  Jussi Jokinen
Jeff Tambellini  Holding against  Jussi Jokinen
3rd Period
Joni Pitkanen  Slashing against  Mason Raymond
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking against  Chad LaRose
Guillaume Desbiens  Too many men/ice - bench
Tuomo Ruutu  Hooking against  Aaron Rome
Jannik Hansen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chad LaRose
Jannik Hansen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Chad LaRose
Chad LaRose  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jannik Hansen
Chad LaRose  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jannik Hansen
goalie stats
Cam Ward
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .821SH: 1 - 1
Cory Schneider
SA: 33TOI: 59:57
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .970SH: 3 - 3