NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Carolina|
(Tuesday, November 12th)
Final Score: Carolina 2, Colorado 1
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Dwyer's goal less than a minute into
the second period proved to be the game-winner, as the Carolina Hurricanes
handed the Colorado Avalanche their first road loss of the season with a 2-1
triumph on Tuesday at PNC Arena.
Jordan Staal notched a goal and an assist, Nathan Gerbe added a pair of
helpers, and Justin Peters posted 33 saves to send Carolina to its third win
in four tries.
Paul Stastny scored the lone Colorado goal, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 26
shots for the Avalanche, who had won a franchise record-tying six straight
road games to open the season.
"I thought we played well enough to win tonight, but unfortunately it was not
on our side," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said.
Staal opened the scoring with just over seven minutes left in the first when
he recovered a rebound between the circles and backhanded the puck past
Varlamov for a 1-0 lead at 12:47.
Carolina doubled its cushion just 26 seconds into the middle stanza when Gerbe
feathered a pass from the low left side to the front of the net for a cutting
Dwyer, who redirected the disc past Varlamov to make it 2-0.
Colorado cut the lead in half on the power play late in the second after Radek
Dvorak was whistled for hooking at 13:54.
With the Avs working in the Carolina zone, Nathan MacKinnon fired a shot from
the right circle that snuck through Peters and trickled to the low right side,
where Stastny tapped the disc home to make it 2-1 at 14:34.
The Avalanche peppered Peters with 10 shots over the final 20 minutes, but the
27-year-old netminder turned away all comers to keep Carolina in front.
"The guys just beared down," Peters said of the team hanging on to the one-
goal lead. "A couple big blocks, a couple big chips out, some unselfish plays
just to get the puck out and kill the clock. It was nice to see the boys get
The Hurricanes improved to 7-0-4 in one-goal games this season ... Colorado
has dropped its last four road games against Carolina ... Peters improved to
3-0-1 over his last four outings after dropping his first five decisions this
season ... Colorado went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Carolina failed on
its only opportunity on the man advantage.
11/12 23:53:43 ET