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Kesler scores twice, Canucks down ‘Canes 3-2

Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows

Vancouver Canucks’ Alex Burrows, left, and Ryan Kesler (17) celebrate Kesler’s goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. Vancouver won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


The Vancouver Canucks bounced back nicely from their loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday by taking out the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in Raleigh.

Ryan Kesler did the damage for Vancouver scoring twice, including one on the power play. Jason Garrison had two assists and Eddie Lack made 29 saves to earn the win. Kesler’s two goals give him 12 on the season. He had 26 goals combined over his past two seasons.

The Canucks are looking to find some consistency as they’ve won three times in their last six games. They’ll close out their four-game road trip on Tuesday in Nashville.

For Carolina, their streaky play continues on. Today’s loss was their second in a row following back-to-back wins and a four-game losing skid previous to that. Consistency isn’t just a sports buzzword, apparently. Both teams could use it.

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