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The Goods: Carolina downing

Thursday, 15.12.2011 / 11:10 PM / Features
By Derek Jory
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The Goods: Carolina downing
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VANCOUVER CANUCKS
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No Daniel Sedin. No problem.

That would have been a great lead for this story had the Vancouver Canucks not relinquished a two-goal second period lead in a 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kevin Bieksa opened the scoring 5:19 into the game and the Canucks rode the stellar goaltending of Cory Schneider, making his first start since December 1st, to escape the first period up 1-0.

Vancouver peppered Cam Ward with shots to open the second and Mason Raymond doubled the lead to 2-0 with his second goal of the year.

All was fine, all was dandy.

Four minutes and 45 seconds later, spread between the 15:52 mark of the second and opening 37 seconds of the third, and Carolina held a 3-2 lead.

Drayson Bowman, who had two career goals coming into the game, sandwiched a Tuomo Ruutu goal with two of his own and the Eastern Conference’s last place team was in charge.

The suddenly unstoppable Hurricanes, winners of one game in their last 10 outings, made it a 4-2 game on the power play 6:12 into the third.

No Daniel Sedin. Big problem.

Vancouver’s biggest scoring threat, who didn’t play because of back issues, wasn’t available to lead the comeback attempt. It was up to Henrik Sedin, Alex Burrows and
Raymond, and the trio made it a one-goal game midway through the third, but that was all the Canucks could muster in losing back-to-back road games for the first time since early November.

Negatives, there are a few, positives, not as many – with one massive exception.

Henrik Sedin toyed with the puck for three seconds behind the Carolina net before snapping a pass to Raymond and an easy goal midway through the second.

The assist was the 700th point of the 31-year-old’s career moving into an exclusive club with Markus Naslund and Trevor Linden as the only Canucks to hit the 700-point
plateau. Henrik is the youngest player in franchise history to record 700 points, and he actually began his assault on Naslund and Linden by moving to 701 points on the night.

The Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, native is just the ninth Swedish born player to reach the milestone; Henrik is the fourth youngest Swede to pass 700 points behind only Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg and Tomas Sandstrom.

Not surprisingly, Henrik Sedin didn’t want to discuss the landmark post-game. He focused on the disheartening loss and another poor start for the Canucks.

“That’s where the key guys need to make sure that they play the right way and I was one of them that didn’t. I didn’t get pucks deep on a few occasions there and that’s not
good enough,” said Henrik, adding that blowing a 2-0 lead is unacceptable.

“That’s where we’ve been so good in closing games, but today we let them right back in it in a few minutes there. That’s on us.”

The Canucks fall to 2-1-1 on their current five-game road trip, which ends Saturday in Toronto.

RULES OF THE PRESS BOX
Don't stare at the Carolina Hurricanes ice girls.
Tweet of the night - “Uh oh, Daniel's out because Dave Bolland hurt his feelings so bad with his
cleverness. #Canucks" -@CanucksClown, proving his clowniness.
Raymond loves Hurricanes - In four career games against the Hurricanes, Mason Raymond
has a point in every outing (3-1-4).
Fighting for more - After scoring his third goal of the season, Kevin Bieksa had to be restrained by teammates. He had
been hacked in the back of the leg and was ready to drop the gloves. His goal was revenge enough.
Welcome Mancari - Mark Mancari made his Canucks debut Thursday, wearing No. 18. Mancari is the 28th player
to sport 18, a list that includes Rory Fitzpatrick. All-Star game vote-in for Mancari, anyone?