Canucks erase three-goal deficit, Sutter scores OT winner for Vancouver


VANCOUVER – Brandon Sutter scored 32 seconds into overtime Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks erased a three-goal deficit to down the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

Sutter beat Carolina goalie Eddie Lack on a quick shot on a 2-on-1 run rush for the Canucks’ second straight comeback win.

Markus Granlund, with a goal and an assist, Bo Horvat and Ben Hutton also scored for Vancouver (2-0-0), which got 19 stops from Jacob Markstrom. Sutter added an assist.

Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, while Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for Carolina (0-0-2). Lack made 27 saves against his former team.

The Hurricanes were coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Thursday that saw them blow a 4-1 third-period lead, while the Canucks beat Calgary 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday to open their season.

Vancouver trailed 3-1 after two periods, but cut the deficit to one just 1:11 into the third when Granlund finished off a nice passing play with Sutter and Jannik Hansen for his first of the season after Faulk turned the puck over in his own zone.

The Canucks continued to press and Hutton tied the game with 5:50 left in regulation when he buried his first from the slot past Lack, a fan favourite during his two seasons in Vancouver before he was traded to Carolina following the 2014-15 campaign to pave the way for Markstrom to assume the backup role behind Ryan Miller.

Lack then held the fort on a late Vancouver power play, including a great stop on Sven Baertschi in front and then another on Granlund with about a minute left in regulation.

Carolina led 2-0 after scoring goals 1:24 apart late in the opening period, and stretched that lead to three at 5:28 of the second when Faulk took advantage of some soft defensive play to bury his own rebound past Markstrom off the rush for his first of the season.

Vancouver started to play better as the second wore on, and Horvat scored his first at 12:03 after taking a rebound off the end boards and making a strong move to the net on the backhand.

Lack, who lost his only start against Vancouver last season, was called upon to make a couple of big saves to keep the Hurricanes up by two through 40 minutes, including a great pad stop on a slick deflection by Loui Eriksson.

Vancouver had a number of early chances and held an 8-1 shot advantage 10 minutes into the game before visitors found their legs late in the first.

Rask scored his second goal of the season with 2:24 left in the period after working a give and go with Lee Stempniak and roofing a perfect shot into the top corner.

The Hurricanes then doubled their lead on the power play with 49.7 seconds remaining on the clock when Teravainen, who was acquired from Chicago in an off-season trade, picked up a loose puck after Faulk’s point shot was blocked and swept his first of the year past Markstrom.

Notes: The Canucks continue a four-game homestand Tuesday against St. Louis. … The Hurricanes play their third of six straight on the road to start the season the same night in Edmonton.

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