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'Canes rally to beat Canucks 4-3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent

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'Canes rally to beat Canucks 4-3
Vancouver Canucks 3, Carolina Hurricanes 4
Three Stars of the Game
Drayson Bowman
1st
G: 2Shots: 8
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 19:07
Cam Ward
2nd
SA: 36TOI: 59:44
GA: 3EV: 30-33
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: .917SH: 1-1
Tuomo Ruutu
3rd
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 17:18
RALEIGH -- When a team is trying to overcome a season-long funk, it doesn't matter who provides the key moments.

Carolina forward Drayson Bowman, a minor-league call-up playing in his fourth game of the season, scored the Hurricanes' first goal and the go-ahead tally as Carolina rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 at the RBC Center on Thursday night.

The win was the first at home for Carolina coach Kirk Muller; the 'Canes had been 1-5-1 overall and lost all three home games since he took over after Paul Maurice was fired on Nov. 28.

"It was a gutsy win," Muller said on a night when his team came back after trailing 2-0 late in the second period. "We had some key guys out, and to spot them two (goals) -- that's not the way you want to go. But they stayed with it. We scored at the key times."

Bowman has been heralded as one of the Hurricanes' top prospects since making his NHL debut two seasons ago. But he has been limited to fourth-line minutes since the start of the 2010-11 season, with no goals in 26 games after scoring twice in a nine-game look-see in 2009-10.

"It kind of feels like time is ticking on you a bit when you go so long without scoring," the 22-year-old admitted. "I appreciate the way (Muller) has let me free up and play my game, other than the things he's been preaching to the team."

Both of Bowman's goals came at critical times.

With Carolina trailing 2-0 late in the second period, the 2007 third-round pick took an Anthony Stewart pass from the goal line and flipped the puck over goaltender Cory Schneider's right pad at 15:52.

After Tuomo Ruutu's tip-in tied the game with less than a minute remaining in the period, Bowman struck again, this time on a snap shot from the right circle to give Carolina a 3-2 lead 37 seconds into the third.

While the shots both had a scorer's touch, Bowman was just happy they found their way into the net.

"If they looked that way, that's great," he said with a smile. "You're just doing the things you've been doing throughout your career -- just going to the net hard and shooting it as quick as you can. It feels really good. Hopefully it gives me some confidence going forward."

Under Maurice, many young players earned their ice time by playing responsible defense on the fourth line. But the late-November coaching change signaled a new direction, one that Muller said will include leaning on some young players.

"You can't play nervous," Muller said. "I know young kids have to earn their time, but I think you have to put them in a spot where they can excel. If you keep throwing them on the fourth line when they come up, they're going to be out of their element."

The Hurricanes looked a little out of their element early in the game. They squandered three first-period power plays and surrendered the first goal, a one-timer by Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa just 5:19 after the opening faceoff. The Canucks took a 2-0 lead 9:51 into in the second period when Henrik Sedin centered a pass from behind the net to Mason Raymond in the slot, and Raymond beat Ward for his second of the season.

But Ward looked strong the rest of the way, stopping 32 shots, including a spectacular glove save late in the game on Keith Ballard. After Jaroslav Spacek's first Carolina goal gave the Hurricanes a 4-2 lead and Alexandre Burrows made it a one-goal game with 11:20 left in regulation, Ballard had a chance to tie the game, facing an open net on the doorstep of the crease. Ward was lying flat on the ice but reached across to snag Ballard's shot.

"I anticipated the pass and threw my stick out there, but I obviously missed the pass," said Ward, who raised his record to 10-13-4. "I needed his help. It was just pure desperation trying to cover as much net as possible when it seems like he's got a tap-in."

Vancouver (18-11-2) had early control of the game, particularly after killing three early penalties.

"We had quite a few quality chances to put that game away and we didn't," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "We weren't able to bury some grade-A chances, we made a couple mistakes, got in penalty trouble, then it was 4-2.

"It's really tough to come back in this League, especially against a world-class goaltender."

Both teams were at less than full strength. The Canucks played without their top scorer, Daniel Sedin, who had back spasms Thursday morning. Carolina was without the services of forward Jeff Skinner and defensemen Joni Pitkanen and Jay Harrison -- all of whom are dealing with concussions.
scoring summary
1st Period
05:19
VAN
Kevin Bieksa (3) ASST: Chris Higgins (11), Ryan Kesler (15)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
09:51
VAN
Mason Raymond (2) ASST: Henrik Sedin (26), Alexandre Burrows (7)
2 - 0 VAN
15:52
CAR
Drayson Bowman (1) ASST: Anthony Stewart (2), Jamie McBain (9)
2 - 1 VAN
19:08
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu (10) ASST: Bryan Allen (6), Jussi Jokinen (15)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
00:37
CAR
Drayson Bowman (2) ASST: Chad LaRose (10), Brandon Sutter (6)
3 - 2 CAR
06:12
CAR
PPG - Jaroslav Spacek (1) ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (7), Tim Brent (5)
4 - 2 CAR
08:40
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (10) ASST: Henrik Sedin (27), Mason Raymond (3)
4 - 3 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
07:33
VAN
Aaron Rome  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Allen
07:33
VAN
Keith Ballard  Roughing against  Jussi Jokinen
07:33
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Roughing against  Manny Malhotra
07:33
CAR
Bryan Allen  Fighting (maj) against  Aaron Rome
07:33
VAN
Manny Malhotra  Roughing against  Tuomo Ruutu
10:27
VAN
Mason Raymond  Interference against  Drayson Bowman
15:10
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Interference on goalkeeper against  Cam Ward
2nd Period
03:28
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Jamie McBain
05:11
CAR
Tim Brent  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
3rd Period
05:12
VAN
Keith Ballard  Holding against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
06:12
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Slashing against  Justin Faulk
12:20
CAR
Chad LaRose  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
12:20
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 41TOI: 59:21
Saves: 37EV: 23 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .902SH: 0 - 0
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
10-13-4
SA: 36TOI: 59:44
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .917SH: 1 - 1