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

shoulder.

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.