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NHL Game Summary - Carolina at Colorado



(Friday, October 23rd)

Final Score: Colorado 5, Carolina 4

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Paul Stastny scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist, as the Colorado Avalanche outlasted the Carolina Hurricanes, 5-4, at the Pepsi Center.

Wojtek Wolski, Milan Hejduk, and Ryan O'Reilly each had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who have won five of their past six games. Chris Stewart and Matt Duchene had two assists apiece. Craig Anderson turned aside 32-of-36 shots for Colorado, which was coming off a seven-game road trip where they posted a 4-1-2 record.

"They are a good team. They sure move their feet well. Anderson made some great saves and really did a great job on that penalty shot," Stastny said.

Tuomo Ruutu had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who have lost five in a row. Matt Cullen, Ray Whitney, and Joseph Corvo each lit the lamp. Cam ward stopped 31-of-36 shots in defeat.

"We got way too many penalties. We can't do that if we want to win any of these games," Carolina defenseman Joni Pitkanen said.

Down 4-3, Carolina had a golden opportunity to score when Whitney was awarded a penalty shot due to a David Jones hooking penalty on a breakaway at the 3:03 mark of the third. Whitney tried to fire a shot through the five-hole of Anderson, but the goaltender had it covered.

Stastny capped off a tic-tac-toe goal at the 6:21 mark to make it 5-3 in favor of the Avs. Whitney's tip-in over two minutes later cut the gap to one.

Anderson stopped 12-of-13 shots in the third period to secure the victory.

The Hurricanes scored early and often to take an early edge. Kyle Quincey put Carolina on the power play when he was called for holding. Corvo capitalized for the Hurricanes by slapping a shot from the left circle past Anderson at the 3:16 mark of the first.

About 2 1/2 minutes later, Niclas Wallin's wrister from the left point was deflected into the back of the net by Ruutu for a 2-0 lead.

However, Colorado scored twice near the end of the first to tie things up. O'Reilly gathered a pass from Wolski in front of the net and made a move before firing a backhander past Ward with 3:45 left.

Just 31 seconds later, Stastny collected a loose disc along the left boards and led a 2-on-1 rush for the Avalanche. Stastny got past a defender in the Carolina zone before backhanding a shot into the back of the net.

A scary moment took place early in the second period when Colorado's Darcy Tucker received a hard hit along the boards from Ruutu. Tucker had a gash on his forehead and left the ice on a stretcher after being tended to by the trainers for several minutes. Ruutu got a five-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute game misconduct for the hit.

Colorado couldn't get much going on the long power play until it was almost over. Stastny, who was positioned behind the net, slid a pass to Hejduk at the left circle. Hejduk gathered the disc and fired a wrister past Ward with 10 minutes left for a 3-2 lead.

The Avs went ahead by two just 40 seconds later. Stewart, who was behind the net, passed off to Wolski in front. Wolski capped off the play with a wrister that found the back of the net.

Cullen's wrap-around goal with 3:45 left in the second cut the deficit to 4-3.

Game Notes

Anderson made his 10th consecutive start to open the season, a franchise record...Avs defenseman Ryan Wilson recorded his first NHL point with an assist...Colorado forward Cody McLeod (facial laceration) and goaltender Peter Budaj (flu) missed the game...Colorado recalled goaltender Tyler Weiman from the Lake Erie (AHL). Carolina posted a 5-2 victory over Colorado last season in the only matchup between the teams on February 22, 2009. Colorado is 13-1-3 in the last 16 meetings with the Hurricanes. The Carolina/Hartford franchise is winless (0-7-2) in its previous nine trips to Denver. The Avs will also host the Red Wings on Saturday to complete their quick two-game residency. The Hurricanes finish a four-game road trip against Minnesota on Saturday.

10/24 00:30:51 ET


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