Canucks: 3 takeaways from Vancouver’s 4-3 shootout loss to Hurricanes

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24 hours after an overtime win versus the New York Islanders, the Vancouver Canucks challenged the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh trying to win six straight.

Everything is going the right way for the Vancouver Canucks on the road. They manhandled the San Jose Sharks 5-2 before flooding the island of New York with a 4-3 overtime win. Five straight wins, lots of goals and a ton of confidence from up and down the Vancouver line-up.

A quick stop in Carolina to try and teach the jerks a lesson or two about winning hockey games. A win for the Canucks would cushion the Pacific Division lead, stretch the winning streak to six and guarantee a road trip with a winning record.

Heading into Sunday’s matinee there were a couple of questions: Would Quinn Hughes add to his rookie scoring lead? Can Elias Pettersson break the six-game goal drought? Would Brock Boeser see first line minutes with the lotto line?

With the last meeting of these two clubs at Rogers Arena ending in a 1-0 overtime decision, it was bound to be a hard-fought, very defensive battle. Although Jacob Markstrom stood on his head and turned down all 43 shots in the shutout win on December 12th, Travis Green elected Thatcher Demko as his starter. Let’s dive into Sunday’s results.