Nightly Scrap: Carolina wakes up a sleeping giant

Updated: October 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm by Alexander Monaghan

The Vancouver Canucks simply manhandled the Carolina Hurricanes at home.

Not only did they defeat their opponent 5-1 but they also managed to get some balanced scoring from all of their players.  Offensive dynamo Andrew Alberts knocked in his first goal of the year while moving Mason Raymond to the top line worked out perfectly as he produced a three point night with the Sedins.  Ryan Kesler even put across his first goal of the season, ending his relative drought.

On the other end of the ice, starting goalie Cam Ward was simply human turning aside only 23 of 28 shots faced.  Over the previous three games he managed to stand on his head and keep his team in the game but it seemed like his luck ran out last night.  This situation may be indicative of the season as the Canes defense could not shut down an aggressive opposition.

In Anaheim, the Ducks were finally able to limit their opposition to only two goals.

Jonas Hiller stood on his head by keeping 36 of 38 pucks out of the net while Corey Perry scored the eventual game winning goal. Cam Fowler tapped in his first NHL goal with the top line of Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan combining for all three goals.  Toni Lydman also scored his second goal in as many games.

The Coyotes started their backup Jason LaBarbera, who in turn put in a decent performance with 32 saves.  He only started 13 games last season behind Ilya Bryzgalov which translates to one start every 7 games.

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