Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sutter Scores in OT as Canucks Come Back from 3 Goals Down to Beat Hurricanes

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Sutter Scores in OT as Canucks Come Back from 3 Goals Down to Beat Hurricanes

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Sutter scores in OT, Canucks beat Hurricanes


VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks didn't have much success when trailing after two periods last season.

In 2016-17, they're already 2 for 2.

Brandon Sutter scored 32 seconds into overtime Sunday as the Canucks came from three goals down, including a 3-1 deficit after 40 minutes, to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3.

Sutter, who buried the only shootout goal in Saturday's 2-1 victory over Calgary, grabbed the puck in his own zone and got a step on a Carolina defender before beating Eddie Lack on a quick shot for his first of the season over the blocker on a 2-on-1 rush for the Canucks' second straight comeback win.

"Mr. Clutch finishes it off again," said Vancouver defenceman Ben Hutton, who tied the game with under six minutes to go in regulation.

The Canucks were a paltry 3-30-1 when down after two periods in 2015-16, but already have two wins under those circumstances early this season after tying Saturday's game with the Flames late in the third.

"To come from behind twice like that in our own rink is big, something that we didn't do very well last year," said Sutter, who also had an assist. "It seemed like those close games at the start of the year last year, we ended up losing in overtime and shootouts."

With the Canucks predicted to finish at or near the bottom of the overall standings by many experts, head coach Willie Desjardins said the fast start can only help get his message across.

"I'd like to say it probably doesn't make a difference, but I do think it makes a difference," said the third-year coach. "It's hard if you go out and lose. It's just tough. I think today, though, if we'd won or lost there would be belief because we played the right way."

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

Justin Faulk had a goal and an assist, while Victor Rask and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for Carolina (0-0-2), which blew a 4-1 third-period lead in its season-opening 5-4 overtime loss to Winnipeg on Thursday. …

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