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Monday, December 9th
(All times Eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (13-12-5) at Vancouver Canucks (17-10-5), 10 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Vancouver Canucks try to extend their winning streak
to a season-high five games when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Monday's
interconference battle at Rogers Arena.
Vancouver earned its fourth consecutive win in Sunday's home triumph against
Colorado. It's the second four-game winning streak of the season for the
Canucks, who also went 4-0 from Oct. 22-28.
The Canucks last won five in a row during a six-game tear from March 19-28 of
Mike Santorelli led the way in Sunday's 3-1 victory against the visiting
Avalanche, recording two goals and an assist to help Vancouver improve to 2-0
on its current five-game homestand. The Canucks are 7-5-3 on home ice this
Vancouver led 1-0 after the first period and expanded its cushion to 3-0 after
scoring twice in the early stages of the third.
Ryan Kesler posted his team-leading 15th goal of the season just 1:32 into the
final period and Santorelli made it 3-0 at the 7:17 mark. Santorelli has eight
goals in 32 games this season after posting a total of 11 markers over 94
contests during the previous two campaigns.
"If you want to be successful in this league, you've got to be able to hold
onto leads, and tonight we did it the right way," Santorelli said. "We wanted
to come out strong and not look at the time, and that's what we did."
Roberto Luongo stopped 28-of-29 shots to improve to 14-8-5 this season. Backup
Eddie Lack could give Luongo a rest tonight with the Canucks playing on back-
While Vancouver takes aim at a fifth straight victory on Monday, the
Hurricanes will try to extend their season-best winning streak to four games.
Carolina has notched three straight positive decisions against Washington,
Nashville and Carolina, giving the 'Canes five victories over their past seven
After earning a 5-2 road win Thursday against the Predators, the Hurricanes
returned home to beat the San Jose Sharks by a 5-3 count on Friday. Rookie
Elias Lindholm capped a three-point night by scoring the go-ahead goal with
six minutes remaining in the third period to help Carolina down the Sharks.
Lindholm, the fifth overall pick of last summer's draft, had gone five
straight games without a point before posting a goal and two assists on
Friday. The outburst doubled his career point total, giving the 19-year-old
Swede six points on three goals and three assists in 18 games.
Jordan Staal, Riley Nash and Jay Harrison each had a goal and an assist, while
Eric Staal scored the other goal for the Hurricanes. Cam Ward made 22 stops
for Carolina in the win.
"The nice thing the guys are learning if they just stay the course and play
the game the right way, you're going to get certain results consistently,"
Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller said.
Carolina will try to stay hot on the road, as the club is beginning a four-
game swing on Monday. The 'Canes, who also are set to visit Edmonton, Calgary
and Phoenix during this trip, are 6-6-1 on the road this season.
The Hurricanes have not fared well in Vancouver in recent years, losing five
straight at Rogers Arena. Carolina hasn't won in British Columbia since it
recorded a 4-1 decision over the Canucks on Oct. 15, 1999.
Vancouver has won two of three and three of the last five overall encounters
in this series.
12/09 10:58:35 ET