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Vancouver is the next stop on the Canes' five-game road trip

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

VANCOUVER - The Carolina Hurricanes snagged a victory in Edmonton to begin a five-game road trip, which now shifts to Vancouver for a Thursday night match-up against the Canucks.

The Canes, who have won three games in a row, doubled up the Oilers, 6-3, in Edmonton on Tuesday in a strange game of momentum swings.

Starting Off the Trip Right

One game might not carry into the next, but leaving Edmonton with two points surely helps set the tone for this five-game road trip.

Practice in Vancouver on Wednesday was jovial and upbeat, just as it was in Raleigh before the Canes flew west.


"Everyone feels good about the way things are going. That's a positive," head coach Rod Brind'Amour said after practice. "I like the fact that we got the two points. That's what it's all about."

The Canes did indeed get the two points, but things got hairy early in the third period when the Canes got in penalty trouble - and came out pretty well, all things considered - and then saw their two-goal lead disappear.

"It was a gong show," Brind'Amour said. "They got right back in the game."

Video: Aho scores a pair in Hurricanes' 6-3 win vs. Oilers

Then, Jordan Martinook hopped on a loose puck in the slot and buried a wrist shot, his second goal of the season, to put the Canes back ahead. They added two more goals down the stretch to seal their 19th win of the season.

"I liked the fact that, from that point on, we played pretty well. Marty's goal was huge," Brind'Amour said. "That was the backbreaker for them. They had all the momentum going, and then we come right back and score."

Perhaps overlooked in all the hoopla was the performance of James Reimer, who made 33 saves in his sixth win of the season - all of which have come on the road. In his last five starts, all on the road, Reimer is 4-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average, a .938 save percentage and one shutout.

100 & 101

Sebastian Aho's 100th goal was eerily similar to his first. He circled behind the net on both. He retrieved the puck and scored on the right side of the net on both. Though, he did stay up on his feet for his 100th.

Tweet from @Canes: The youngest player in #Canes history with 100 goalsCongrats, @SebastianAho

Aho, who recorded a hat trick against Minnesota on Saturday, then scored his second of the game against Edmonton in the third period, a tap-in on the power play.

Aho, who is the youngest in team (since relocation) history to score 100 career goals, has tallied 15 goals since the beginning of November (19 games), the most by any NHL player during that span.

The Opposition

After finishing the month of November with six consecutive road games, the Canucks have begun December with a five-game homestand, which wraps up tonight against the Canes. The Canucks, who play 10 of their first 12 games of the month at home, are 2-2-0 during this homestand and 15-12-4 (34 points) on the season, which ranks fifth in the Pacific Division. Sophomore forward Elias Pettersson leads the team in scoring with 33 points (12g, 21a) in 31 games.





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