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REVIEW: AVALANCHE 5, HURRICANES 3

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
DENVER (AP) -- Insider information nearly helped defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh haunt his former teammates.

"Business as usual," Ozolinsh said. "I had a little bit of an advantage. I pretty much knew what each player is capable of, what he's going to do in certain situations."

Ozolinsh, traded from Colorado to Carolina in June, had a goal and an assist Friday night.

The Hurricanes had several good chances to tie the game in the final 12 minutes, the best coming when Avalanche goalie David Aebischer stopped Ron Francis from in close with 1:14 remaining.

Carolina pulled goalie Arturs Irbe at that point, and Forsberg scored into an empty net with 13 seconds left.

"I don't imagine we'll be too happy a hockey team in there after you lose a game," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said, "but from the battle standpoint ... we showed a lot of fight."

Carolina entered the game 1-for-19 on the power play away from home, but converted both of its chances in the first period on goals by Jeff O'Neill and Shane Willis.

Game notes
Carolina forward Martin Gelinas had two assists to move one point from 400 in his career ... Irbe returned to the team after missing one game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Latvia. He replaced Moss to start the third period.

 1st2nd3rdTOTAL
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Colorado2215

First Period: Scoring: 1, Carolina, Oneill 3 (power play) (Francis,Tanabe), 1:50. 2, Colorado, Hejduk 6 (Tanguay, Sakic), 9:04. 3, Carolina,Willis 4 (power play) (Gelinas, Ozolinsh), 13:53. 4, Colorado, Hejduk 7(power play) (Forsberg, Sakic), 19:43. Penalties: Podein, Col (holding),1:10; Langdon, Car (roughing), 5:05; Tanguay, Col (tripping), 12:45;Karpa, Car (tripping), 19:30.
Second Period: Scoring: 5, Colorado, Sakic 3 (Messier, Hinote), 3:58.6, Colorado, Tanguay 5 (power play) (Skoula, Hinote), 16:00. Penalties:Wallin, Car (interference), 14:09; Parker, Col (boarding), 4:09.
Third Period: Scoring: 7, Carolina, Ozolinsh 3 (Gelinas, Tanabe),7:59. 8, Colorado, Forsberg 10 (empty net) (Yelle), 19:47. Penalties:Hejduk, Col (holding), 11:02.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Carolina7118--26
Colorado

9
9
6
--24

Power-play Conversions: Car - 2 of 4, Col - 2 of 3. Goalies: Carolina,Moss (18 shots, 14 saves; record: 1-3-0), Irbe (start of 3rd, 5, 5).Colorado, Aebischer (26, 23; record: 3-0-0). A:18,007. Referees:Ohalloran, Peel. Linesmen: Wheler, Rody.

CarolinaColorado
GA+/-ShotsGA+/-Shots
Battaglia
Brindamour
Dimaio
Francis
G Wesley
Gelinas
Halko
J Daniels
Kapanen
Karpa
Langdon
Oneill
Ozolinsh
T Westlund
Tanabe
Vasicek
Wallin
Willis
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
-1
-1
even
-2
even
even
even
even
even
-1
even
-2
-1
even
-1
-1
-1
even
0
1
0
3
1
0
2
1
1
2
0
4
4
0
0
1
0
6
Bourque
Dingman
Foote
Forsberg
G De Vries
Hejduk
Hinote
Klemm
Messier
Miller
Parker
Podein
Pratt
Reid
Sakic
Skoula
Tanguay
Yelle
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
1
1
+2
even
+2
+1
even
+2
+1
even
+1
even
even
-1
even
even
+1
even
even
+1
0
0
1
5
0
3
3
0
0
0
0
3
0
1
2
2
3
1
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