RALEIGH, N.C. (NEWS1130) – Justin Faulk scored the go-ahead goal 5:56 into the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes rallied from three goals down to beat the Vancouver Canucks 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Jeff Skinner scored two goals, with his second starting Carolina’s wild comeback. The Hurricanes scored six goals in the third-including four in a 4:40 span-to erase a 5-2 deficit.
Ron Hainsey and Victor Rask scored 24 seconds apart before Faulk put Carolina back up with a wrist shot that clicked off Nikita Tryamkin on its way past Ryan Miller.
Jordan Staal added an insurance goal with 7:22 left, and Brandon Sutter made it 7-6 with 5:50 to play before Lee Stempniak scored an empty-netter with 57.6 seconds remaining.
Sven Baertschi had two goals and an assist for the Canucks. Baertschi, Alexandre Burrows, Markus Granlund and Ben Hutton all scored during Vancouver’s four-goal second period.
Sebastian Aho scored an early goal for Carolina and Michael Leighton made 13 saves in relief of Cam Ward, who stopped 15 shots.
Miller made 24 saves but was pulled after Faulk’s goal in favour of Jacob Markstrom, who stopped four shots.
Rask had all three of his points in the third period, also assisting on goals by Skinner and Hainsey. Derek Ryan had three assists to help the Hurricanes win their seventh straight at home and keep some semblance of pace in a rugged Metropolitan Division. The top five teams in the division entered Tuesday night with winning streaks of at least four games.
Carolina also snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Canucks, who lost four of five on their Eastern road swing.
Vancouver sure looked as though it was in control through 40 minutes, scoring four goals in the second to take a three-goal lead.
Burrows tied it 4:11 into the second after taking a feed from behind the net and wristing it in, and Granlund gave Vancouver its first lead by pushing in a rebound.
Hutton extended the lead with 11:13 left in the period by beating Leighton with a drive from the right circle, and Baertschi then capped his second career three-point game, making it 5-2 with a goal from point-blank range with 5:41 remaining.
The Canucks head back across the continent to begin a four-game homestand Friday night against Tampa Bay.