Raymond's pair leads Canucks past 'Canes
Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:09 AM
With Alexandre Burrows
still recovering from a shoulder injury, the Vancouver Canucks
are providing opportunities for others to step up in his absence.
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.
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."
, 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
"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.