Cole gets 6th career hat trick in Hurricane’s 5-3 win
RALEIGH (AP) Erik Cole scored
three goals and the Carolina Hurricanes held off the Vancouver Canucks
for a 5-3 victory Saturday, ending their five-game skid.
Cole’s sixth career hat trick was his first multigoal game for Carolina since he was reacquired from Edmonton on March 4.
Ray Whitney had a goal and two
assists for Carolina, which ended Vancouver’s three-game road winning
streak. The loss was the Canucks’ six games against Eastern Conference
opposition this season.
Carolina goalie Manny Legace stopped 31 shots while Vancouver’s Andrew Raycroft had 25 saves.
Jannik Hansen put the Canucks ahead
at 12:02 of the first, beating Legace on a soft shot over his
glove-side shoulder from the right circle. Henrik Sedin set up he goal.
But Whitney evened the score for
Carolina just 20 seconds later, taking a pass from Eric Staal in the
left circle and flipping a backhanded shot over Raycroft’s left
Cole put Carolina ahead 2-1 at 3:55
of the second, taking a snap wrist shot from the slot off a pass from
Whitney. Sergei Samsonov made it a two-goal lead at 6:06, beating
Raycroft over the left shoulder from the right circle.
Carolina made it 4-1 on a power play
at 18:59 of the second, when Raycroft appeared to simply lose the puck
out of his glove before it slid across the line. Cole, the last
Hurricane to touch it, was credited with his second goal.
Steve Bernier brought the Canucks
back to 4-2 at 10:07 of the third, receiving Mikael Samuelsson’s pass
from behind the goal and across the crease, tipping the puck off
Legace’s left skate into the net.
Vancouver cut the lead again at
14:45 of the third, as Alexandre Burrows picked Daniel Sedin’s pass
from behind the net out of the air and smacked the puck past Legace.
Cole scored his third goal into an empty net at 19:46.
NOTES: Carolina’s Aaron Ward
collected his 100th career assist on Whitney’s first-period goal. Scott
Walker was back in the lineup for Carolina and started after missing
eight games with an upper-body injury. It was the former Canuck’s 200th
game for Carolina. … Carolina forward Jussi Jokinen was scratched
with a lower-body injury, while Chad LaRose missed his third straight
game with a lower-body injury.