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Kesler goals lift Canucks over ’Canes

AP, RALEIGH, North Carolina

Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler, right, scores past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, center, in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sunday.

Photo: Reuters / James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Kesler scored two goals to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Tom Sestito also scored for the Canucks, while Jason Garrison had two assists. Backup goalie Eddie Lack made 29 saves to help Vancouver earn their third win in 11 games.

Kesler’s second goal capped a stretch in which the teams combined to score three goals in 37 seconds.

Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe scored 10 seconds apart for Carolina in the opening 49 seconds of the second period. Kesler answered 27 seconds later to make it 3-2.

Carolina’s Cam Ward made 27 saves.

The Hurricanes, who failed on six power-play chances against the NHL’s best penalty-killing unit, have lost six of eight.


In Ottawa, Daniel Alfredsson scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in his return to Ottawa as Detroit beat the host Senators.

Alfredsson, the former longtime captain of the Senators, was not primarily responsible for Ottawa’s second straight loss and fourth consecutive at home, but he helped contribute to the continuation of hisformer team’s woes.

Like so many times in their previous 27 games in the post-Alfredsson era, something was missing for the Senators (10-13-4). Defensive breakdowns led to goals, and there was not enough offense to compensate.

Drew Miller scored twice, Johan Franzen added a goal, and Jonas Gustavsson made 29 saves for Detroit.

Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad had goals for Ottawa, who have won the first two meetings between the teams this season in Detroit. Robin Lehner took the loss.

The Red Wings, who won their fourth straight, have not lost since the Senators beat them on Nov. 23.


In Dallas, Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored in the shootout, while Devan Dubnyk came on in relief of injured goalie Ilya Bryzgalov to help Edmonton earn a win over Dallas.

Dubnyk stopped two of three shots in the tiebreaker. Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen failed to make a save in the shootout.

Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky scored five seconds before the second period ended, and Andrew Ference fired in a slap shot with 5 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in regulation to tie it again.

Ryan Garbutt scored two goals, including a short-handed tally that gave Dallas a 1-0 lead in the second period. He also put the Stars ahead in the third.

Garbutt nearly had a hat-trick, but he was stopped on a breakaway attempt by Bryzgalov with 3:41 left in the second. Garbutt collided with Bryzgalov, who left with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Bryzgalov, who made 28 saves, trailed 1-0 when he came out.

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