RALEIGH, NC (NEWS 1130) – Bo Horvat’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner and Jacob Markstrom made 38 saves, as the Canucks swept their season series with Carolina by beating the Hurricanes 3-2.
The Canucks also beat the Hurricanes 3-2 at Rogers Arena on Jan. 6. Horvat scored two goals in that victory as well.
Vancouver opened the scoring 13:14 into the first period, as Linden Vey came down the left side and fired a wristshot past Cam Ward. It was Vey’s first goal of the season in his 11th game since being called up from the AHL.
The Hurricanes pulled even on a powerplay late in the first period. With Brandon Prust sitting in the box for holding, Kris Versteeg took a long shot through a screen that beat Markstrom glove side.
The Canucks took the lead back just shy of the midway mark in the second period. Taylor Fedun sprung Horvat down the right side and he beat Ward with a perfectly placed shot for his seventh goal of the season. That goal extended Horvat’s point-streak to six games.
Carolina levelled the score with just 2:10 remaining in regulation. John-Michael Liles threw the puck towards the front of the net and it hit Canucks’ defenseman Matt Bartkowski’s skate and deflected in past Markstrom.
With a delayed penalty upcoming to Carolina in overtime, the Canucks ended the game with another goal from Horvat. Radim Vrbata sent a pass across to Horvat and he stepped into the one-timer for his second goal of the game. The 20-year-old has tallied six goals with three assists over his point-streak.
Markstrom’s 38-save effort provided him with his seventh win of the season as he improved his record to 7-5-4. At the other end of the ice, Ward managed just 19 saves on 22 shots.
The Canucks have one win and one loss on their road trip, which continues on Sunday against the New York Islanders.