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Brandon Sutter gives Canucks win in OT

Vancouver rallies from down three to stun Hurricanes

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trailing in the third period hasn't been much of a problem for the Vancouver Canucks so far this season.

Leading in the third has been trouble for the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brandon Sutter scored on a 2-on-1 rush 32 seconds into overtime to give Vancouver a come-from-behind 4-3 win against Carolina at Rogers Arena on Sunday.

Sutter, who scored the deciding goal in a season-opening 2-1 shootout win against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, kept the puck and beat goalie Eddie Lack with a wrist shot high over his blocker.

Video: CAR@VAN: Sutter picks the corner for OT winner

"Mr. Clutch finishes it off again," said Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton, who scored to tie it 3-3 with 5:50 remaining.

Vancouver was 3-30-1 when trailing after two periods last season but already has come back twice to start this season, starting with a late tying goal against Calgary.

"To come from behind twice like that in our own rink is big, something that we didn't do very well last year," Sutter said.

Video: CAR@VAN: Hutton roofs a wrist shot to even game late

Hurricanes forwards Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen scored 1:34 apart late in the first period, and defenseman Justin Faulk made it 3-0 at 5:28 of the second period. Carolina has blown a three-goal lead in the first two games of the season; it led 4-1 in the third period before losing 5-4 in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets to start their season-opening six-game road trip Thursday.

"We've done some good things these two games; obviously, we haven't finished strong," forward Jordan Staal said. "We have to find a way to do that."

Lack, the former Canucks goalie, made 27 saves in his first start of the season, but it wasn't enough to avoid another collapse. Carolina was outshot 13-5 in the third period.

"I feel like we had the game under control," Lack said. "We do play a good team game, and then it's individual mistakes, we're giving the puck away, and I should have had the first one."

That was Bo Horvat's goal to start the comeback with 7:57 left in the second period. Markus Granlund scored 1:11 into the third to make it 3-2, and the Canucks kept coming.  

Vancouver goalie Jacob Markstrom made 19 saves in his first start of the season.

Video: CAR@VAN: Teravainen buries rebound for 2-0 lead


Goal of the game

Granlund pulled the Canucks to within one early in the third period after Sutter intercepted Faulk's clearing attempt and quickly passed down to Jannik Hansen alone atop the crease. Hansen waited for Lack to push out to him before passing the other way to Granlund for a tap-in.

Video: CAR@VAN: Granlund trims deficit off Hansen's dish


Save of the game

With the Canucks down 3-0, Markstrom kicked out the right pad to deny Jeff Skinner from the top of the right hash marks at 7:18 of the second period. Horvat started the comeback less than five minutes later.

Video: CAR@VAN: Markstrom stones Skinner with pad stop


Unsung moment of the game

The Canucks didn't capitalize on Viktor Stalberg's tripping penalty midway through the second period, but Horvat scored two seconds after it expired. "We took an O-zone penalty. Is that a good penalty? There you go," Carolina coach Bill Peters said. "Identify the problem and be solution-based."

Video: CAR@VAN: Horvat collects his first goal of the season


Highlight of the game

Sutter had Daniel Sedin with him as he rushed the puck up ice in overtime, but he was looking to shoot all the way and beat Lack with a wrist shot over the blocker and just under the cross bar. "I was looking at Danny and he was a little way over and their D didn't really commit to me much, so I figured I'd take a chance at a shot, and it worked out," Sutter said.


They said it

"The leaders said something in between periods, something like, 'Come on, boys, they have blown a lead before, they can do it again.' We knew if we kept pushing and pushing and pushing, eventually they'd break, and that's what happened." -- Canucks defenseman Ben Hutton on whether they knew the Hurricanes blew a third-period lead in their first game


"They came out fairly strong. Eddie did a great job of keeping the puck out until we got our legs going. We needed to play better in front of him coming down the stretch." -- Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal on goalie Eddie Lack, who faced the first six shots of the game


"It gives everybody confidence. It gives everybody hope knowing we can come back when we are down like this and we don't give up. We didn't do a good enough job of that last year." -- Canucks center Bo Horvat on rallying in the third period the first two games


Need to know

Vancouver surprisingly shuffled its lines after its season-opening win. Horvat moved up from the fourth line to replace Markus Granlund as the second-line center, and Granlund dropped to third-line left wing, replacing Brendan Gaunce, who slotted in at center on the fourth line. … Defenseman Jakub Nakladal, who signed with the Hurricanes as a free agent last Sunday and joined them in Vancouver on Saturday, is expected to make his Carolina debut either Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers or Thursday against the Flames.


What's next

Hurricanes: At the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (9 p.m. ET; SNOL, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Canucks: Home against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SNV, FS-MW, NHL.TV)


Video: Sutter nets game-winning goal in Canucks' 4-3 OT win

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