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12/9/2006 1:08:03 AM


VANCOUVER (CP) - The Vancouver Canucks were on the verge of a meltdown Friday when Daniel Sedin's power-play goal in overtime snatched a victory out of the jaws of disaster.

Sedin's goal at 3:02 of overtime spoiled a comeback attempt from the Carolina Hurricanes and gave the Canucks a 4-3 win.

The Canucks looked to have the game locked up with 3-0 lead early in the third period, then saw the Hurricanes storm back to tie match with just under three minutes remaining.

"When you're up 3-0 you should hold onto the lead," said Sedin, who ended a wild night when he tapped a cross-ice pass from his brother Henrik past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.

"We can't think too much about that. We got the two points and that was the most important thing. The puck movement was good. It was a good team game."

Vancouver scored its fourth power-play goal of the game after the Hurricanes Scott Walker was sent off for delay of game for shooting a puck over the glass. Walker slammed his stick against the glass after the call.

The Canucks are now 5-0 in overtime. Daniel Sedin has two overtime goals.

Carolina coach Peter Laviolette didn't want to comment on Walker's penalty.

"What difference does it make?" he said. "It's a rule. It doesn't matter what I think. You win by it, you lose by it, you live by it.

"Scott is the heart-and-soul guy of this team. We will persevere together."

Still, it was a frustrating loss for the Hurricanes, who battled back only to fall one goal short.

"Any time you lose in overtime, on a delay of game penalty, it's tough, especially when we worked to come back," said Eric Staal, who missed on a second-period penalty shot.

"I thought we fought hard all game but the bottom line is that we didn't win and that's what we're looking to do."

Jan Bulis, who snapped a 13-game goal drought, Marc Chouinard and Yannick Tremblay scored for the Canucks. Brendan Morrison also had three assists for Vancouver, who crawl back to .500 with a 14-14-1 record.

Erik Cole had a power-play goal and two assists for the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, who lost their third consecutive game on a swing through the Northwest Division. Craig Adams and Mike Commodore also scored for the Hurricanes, who dropped to 15-12-4.

Canuck coach Alain Vigneault looked subdued after the win.

"If that's excitement then I'm not high on that type of excitement," said Vigneault. "At 3-0 we should have been able to shut it down there.

"They are a really strong team. We made a couple of mistakes and took a couple of penalties we shouldn't of. They jumped on it and tied it up."

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