Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Colorado
Avalanche
44-31-7
Carolina
Hurricanes
43-33-6

29 SOG
34 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
COL
CAR
game recap

Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

Share with your Friends


Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4
Colorado Avalanche 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Colorado Avalanche had more problems than simply winning so far on this road trip. Scoring also was becoming in issue.

At least for everyone except Marek Svatos.

"He's been on fire lately," teammate Cody McLeod said. "He's been the only one that can score, it seems."

On Saturday night, Svatos got some timely help.

He capped a third-period rally with two goals in about 2 minutes, and the Avalanche rallied three times from two-goal deficits to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 in their first visit to Tobacco Road in exactly five years.

The late goals gave Svatos nine goals in his past 10 games and helped the Avalanche stop a two-game losing streak.

McLeod, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk also scored, McLeod got his first career NHL assist and Colorado improved to 12-0-3 against Carolina.

Erik Cole, Keith Aucoin, Chad LaRose and Cory Stillman scored for the short-handed Hurricanes in their second loss in a row at home. They have only two victories in their past eight games, thanks mostly to injury list that goes six-deep. Those out include Matt Cullen, Justin Williams and Bret Hedican.

Still, Carolina controlled the first two periods and led 4-2 entering the final 20 minutes. That's when the game fell apart for the home team.

McLeod, called up from the AHL in December, got it started with good effort behind the net. Instead of centering the puck, he stuffed it over the left leg of goalie Cam Ward to make it 4-3, and Svatos took over from there.

"He has been scoring a lot of goals," Colorado coach Joel Queneville said. "And he doesn't need much of an opportunity."

First, Svatos reached around Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin to poke in a rebound to tie the game, then grabbed another blocked shot to give the Avalanche the lead. Ward made a nice save but lost control of the puck, and Svatos was the first one there to put it through for the game winner.

The Avalanche's Marek Svatos (40) shoots the puck past Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward, while being defended by the 'Canes Dennis Seidenberg, for the tying goal during the third period in Raleigh on Saturday. Svatos would put home the game winner a few minutes later. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlake)

"I got a couple of chances there in the third period and was able to put them in the net," Svatos said. "It was an open game, a crazy game. They made the most of their chances, but we came out skating hard in the third."

It was the kind of victory that can turn around a season; a loss such as this might have the opposite effect on the Hurricanes.

"Any loss is deflating," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette said. "We let it get away. We had it 4-2 with 9 minutes to go and we let it get away. That's going to be a tough one to swallow."

The Hurricanes used Aucoin's second goal in two games to take a 2-0 lead in a first period highlighted by two fights. In the first, Carolina rookie Tim Conboy got tested on his first NHL shift by Colorado enforcer Scott Parker. Conboy led his minor league team in penalty minutes and held his own in his first tussle.

A couple of minutes later, Hurricanes defenseman Mike Commodore went at it with Cody McCormick, but this showdown was over in a matter of seconds.

The loss also spoiled Ward's first assist of the season, when he moved way out of the crease at the end of a power play to get the puck to Casey Borer. He passed to Stillman, who beat Theodore with a slap shot from just outside the right circle.

That one made it 4-2 before the Avalanche's comeback.

"It's pretty obvious what's going on," Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour said. "We're depleted, for sure, and we don't have a margin for error. It's going to be a dogfight all year and we know that."

Notes: During the first period, a promo during a timeout had the Hurricanes players coming up with their favorite NASCAR driver. Dale Earnhardt Jr. easily outdistanced Jeff Gordon in votes.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:45
CAR
Erik Cole (10) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (5), Rod Brind'Amour (22)
1 - 0 CAR
18:01
CAR
Keith Aucoin (2) ASST: Tim Conboy (1)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:50
COL
Milan Hejduk (16) ASST: Andrew Brunette (22), Paul Stastny (30)
2 - 1 CAR
03:43
CAR
Chad LaRose (6) ASST: Keith Aucoin (4), Mike Commodore (8)
3 - 1 CAR
10:24
COL
Paul Stastny (16) ASST: Jaroslav Hlinka (12), Cody McLeod (1)
3 - 2 CAR
13:39
CAR
Cory Stillman (20) ASST: Casey Borer (2), Cam Ward (1)
4 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
10:23
COL
Cody McLeod (3) ASST: Cody McCormick (2), Jeff Finger (8)
4 - 3 CAR
13:50
COL
Marek Svatos (18) ASST: Tyler Arnason (8), Jordan Leopold (2)
4 - 4 Tie
15:57
COL
Marek Svatos (19) ASST: Tyler Arnason (9), Wojtek Wolski (15)
5 - 4 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:19
CAR
Cory Stillman  Holding the stick against  Wojtek Wolski
06:24
CAR
Tim Conboy  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Parker
06:24
COL
Scott Parker  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Conboy
07:46
CAR
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
07:46
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
14:12
COL
Tyler Arnason  Hi-sticking against  Rod Brind'Amour
18:37
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Jeff Finger
2nd Period
05:38
CAR
Andrew Ladd  Hooking against  Cody McCormick
08:01
COL
Cody McLeod  Cross checking against  Tim Conboy
11:39
COL
Jordan Leopold  Tripping against  Chad LaRose
15:23
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Marek Svatos
3rd Period
19:23
COL
Tyler Arnason  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
SA: 29TOI: 58:49
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .828SH: 0 - 0