Pettersson’s goal snaps tie, sends Hurricanes to 4th straight loss

The Canucks celebrate after Ilya Mikheyev’s goal in their 4-3 win Saturday over the Hurricanes in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press via AP)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Elias Pettersson broke a tie 3:29 of the third period, Thatcher Demko stopped 21 shots and the Vancouver Canucks held on to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Saturday night.

Pettersson also had two assists, Sam Lafferty and Ilya Mikheyev each had a goal and an assist and J.T. Miller also scored. The Canucks improved to 18-9-1 with their second straight victory.

Jordan Martinook, Brady Skjei and Stefan Noesen scored for Carolina, and Antti Raanta made 20 saves. The Hurricanes have lost four in a row to fall to 14-12-1.

“We’re not happy and we’re frustrated,” Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho said after the players held a closed-door meeting following the loss. “Like I said, we’ve done a lot of talking. This isn’t the first meeting we’ve had. The time is now to show it to us and everyone what we are capable of. The only way out is together.”

On the deciding goal, Pettersson took a pass from Mikheyev and held off a defender to finish a wraparound.

Carolina tied it at 2:10 of the third period when Jack Drury tipped a shot in front of the goal, with the puck hitting the crossbar before falling to an open Noesen.

The Hurricanes’ road trip continues in Ottawa on Tuesday night.