Canucks hold off surging Hurricanes


Ryan Kesler shut off the Carolina Hurricanes’ onslaught after an early second-period surge and put the Vancouver Canucks back in control.

They maintained it for much of the final 40 minutes and skated off with a 3-2 road win on Sunday.

Kesler capped a frenetic 37-second stretch early in the second period by scoring his second goal of the game that turned out to be the winner.

The Hurricanes scored a pair of goals 10 seconds apart in the first 49 seconds of the second to tie the game. Kesler put the Canucks in front for good at 1:16.

“We wanted to gain the momentum back, and there’s no better way than scoring a goal,” Kesler said. “I’m happy that we got one there.”

Tom Sestito also scored for the Canucks, and Jason Garrison had two assists. Backup goalie Eddie Lack made 29 saves in place of Roberto Luongo to help Vancouver earn just its third win in 11 games.

Kesler’s goal, scored 27 seconds after Carolina tied it, was set up after the Canucks won a number of scrums behind the net.

Chris Higgins eventually emerged with the puck, and he shoveled it into the crease. Jannik Hansen deflected it to Kesler, who knocked it just across the goal line.

It was only the third time in 11 games that Vancouver scored at least three goals.

Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe had goals for Carolina. Cam Ward made 27 saves.

The Hurricanes, who failed to score on six power plays against the NHL’s best penalty-killing unit, have lost six of eight.

“When you get a chance, the guys who are out there have to execute,” Carolina coach Kirk Muller said. “If they can’t execute, I guess we’ve got to start looking for other guys in our lineup and give them the opportunity.

“Everyone runs the same plays. It’s a matter of getting the job done, and do it at a higher tempo. I don’t know — maybe some of our guys can’t make the plays.”

Red Wings 4, Senators 2

In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal and added an assist.

Alfredsson, the former longtime captain of the Senators, wasn’t primarily responsible for Ottawa’s second straight loss and fourth consecutive at home, but he helped contribute to the continuation of his ex-team’s woes.

Like so many times in their previous 27 games in the post-Alfredsson era, something was missing for the Senators (10-13-4). Defensive breakdowns led to goals, and there wasn’t enough offense to compensate.

Oilers 3, Stars 2 (SO)

In Dallas, Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, and Devan Dubnyk come on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

Dubnyk stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker. Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen failed to make a save in the shootout.

Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored 5 seconds before the second period ended, and Andrew Ference fired in a slap shot with 5:07 remaining in regulation to tie it again.

Ryan Garbutt scored two goals, including a short-handed tally that gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the second period. He also put the Stars ahead in the third.