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GAME REVIEW: Avalanche 4, HURRICANES 2

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes


RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (TICKER) -- Sandis Ozolinsh scored twice and Brian Rolston added the game-winner with 5:27 remaining as the Colorado Avalanche snapped a three-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Peter Forsberg also scored for Colorado, which is unbeaten in their last eight games against Carolina (6-0-2).

With the Avalanche trailing 2-1, Ozolinsh received a pass from Chris Drury in the slot before firing a shot past goaltender Arturs Irbe at 7:17 for the defenseman's second multi-goal game of the season.

Just over seven minutes later, Rolston batted home a rebound of Adam Deadmarsh's rebound shot at the left side of the net for his eighth tallt of the season.

Forsberg scored on a breakaway with just over a minute to play to seal the win.

Colorado's Rick Tabaracci made his first start since being acquired last month and stopped 16 shots to square his record at 1-1. Irbe made 19 saves as the Hurricanes lost for the fourth time in five games.

After Ozolinsh scored the only goal of the first period, the Hurricanes bounced back to take a 2-1 lead in the second on goals by Sami Kapanen and Gary Roberts.

-----------------------------Colorado             1 0 3--4Carolina             0 2 0--2-----------------------------FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Colorado, Ozolinsh 8 (Drury, Hejduk), 14:16.Penalties: Carolina bench, served by Oneill (abuse of officials), 4:40;Deadmarsh, Col (boarding major), 7:38; Drury, Col (holding), 15:36.SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Carolina, Kapanen 13 (Ranheim, Kron), 2:12.3, Carolina, Roberts 6 (Kovalenko, Oneill), 9:04. Penalties: Hill, Car(roughing), 5:37; G De Vries, Col (interference), 13:06.THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Colorado, Ozolinsh 9 (Drury, G De Vries),7:17. 5, Colorado, Rolston 8 (Deadmarsh), 14:33. 6, Colorado, Forsberg 3(unassisted), 18:26.Shots on goal:---------------------------------Colorado              8  6  9--23Carolina              5  5  8--18---------------------------------

Power-play Conversions: Col - 0 of 2, Car - 0 of 3. Goalies: Colorado,Tabaracci (18 shots, 16 saves; record: 1-1-0). Carolina, Irbe (23, 19;record: 10-10-7). A:00,000. Referee: Roberts. Linesmen: S Provost,Schachte.

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