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End of Game Report
CAROLINA 5, VANCOUVER 3
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sami Kapanen and Steve Leach scored nine seconds apart late in the second period, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, who suffered their seventh straight loss. Kapanen ripped a shot from the high slot past Arturs Irbe for his fifth goal of the season, tying the game at 3-3 with 5:54 left in the second period.
Off the ensuing faceoff, Kevin Dineen took a shot from the right faceoff circle. Irbe made a stick save, but the rebound went to a streaking Leach just outside the left circle and he beat the goaltender to the stick side for his third tally of the season. Gary Roberts, who assisted on Kapanen's tally, added an insurance goal with 1:44 to play. He entered the Vancouver zone with Keith Primeau on a two-on-one. Roberts kept the puck all the way and fired a blast past for his second goal in as many games.
"We did a better job covering tonight. We didn't give them three to four chances," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "We have a little more confidence now. Our bench did not collapse, that was a key. We had a lot of breakaway chances tonight, and our game didn't change a whole lot."
Vancouver's Mark Messier tied the game at 2-2 with his sixth goal, a power-play tally at 4:38 of the second period. Messier, who has four goals in his last three games, assisted on Markus Naslund's third of the season with 7:32 left in the period to give Vancouver the lead.
"It's no fault on the effort, the guys work hard," Messier said. "It's not fun when you're not winning. I don't care if I score 10 goals, because we're losing. The bottom line is winning, and anything else is not acceptable."
Pavel Bure, who leads the Canucks with 15 points, assisted on both second-period goals.
Trevor Kidd made 21 saves for Carolina, which had a season high in goals. He started in place of Sean Burke, who was released before the game after his arrest Sunday for assault.
Irbe turned aside 27 shots for the Canucks, who took the lead 7:21 into the game when Dave Scatchard notched his second goal of the season. Carolina's Jeff Brown scored his second of the season with the man advantage with 10:25 left in the first. Paul Ranheim knocked in a short-handed tally just 46 seconds later.
1ST 2ND 3RD FINAL --- --- --- ----- VANCOUVER 1 2 0 3 CAROLINA 2 2 1 5
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