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Avs Score Four Goals In Third Period, Rally To Beat Canes 5-2

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche scored four goals in the third period, including three on the power-play, as they rallied to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Monday night.

Joe Sakic and Andrew Brunette each had a goal and two assists, and John-Michael Liles scored the game-winner for Colorado, who is 11-0-3 in its last 14 meetings with Carolina. The Avalanche hasn't lost to the Hurricanes since dropping a 3-2 overtime decision on Feb. 9, 1996, in Denver.

Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who had lost four of six. They got back on the winning track by going 3-for-5 on the power play.

Justin Williams scored two goals for Carolina, giving him 13 this season. He snapped a 1-1 tie at 1:08 of the third period.

John Grahame stopped 25 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, who were 1-for-7 on the power play and went 0-3-1 on their road trip.

Brunette poked the puck over Grahame's stick to tie it at 2 at 8:46. Liles scored the winner at 10:35 off a pass from Brunette.

Sakic, who also had two assists, netted an insurance goal at 12:44 with a wrist shot from the slot.

Pierre Turgeon added a power-play goal with 3:37 left.

Colorado led 1-0 after one period on Arnason's ninth goal. Grahame stopped Arnason's shot from the slot, but the center regained the puck and sent a backhander into the net at 1:22.

The Hurricanes outshot Colorado 11-9, but managed only three shots in three power-play chances. Budaj made a sprawling save to stop Ray Whitney in the final five seconds of the period.

Williams tied it at 1, converting a 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period. With Brett Clark and Brad Richardson in the penalty box, Cory Stillman found Williams alone in front of the net for a goal at 1:44.

Grahame preserved the tie with chest-high save on a shot from the slot by Ian Laperriere midway through the second period. Williams missed a chance at a go-ahead goal in the last 20 seconds when Colorado defenseman Ossi Vaananen poked the puck away with a desperate dive in the crease.

Notes: Carolina LW Cory Stillman made his season debut after missing 31 games with a shoulder injury. ... Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour (lower body) missed his second game. ... Carolina D Bret Hedican played in his 900th NHL game. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 463rd consecutive game, second longest among NHL defensemen to former Toronto's Tim Horton (486).

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