The Colorado Avalanche fell to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night at PNC Arena. Jordan Staal led the way for the Canes with a goal and an assist, and Jason Peters stuffed the Avs. Avalanche haven’t won at PNC since January 12th, 2008.
The Colorado Avalanche had a solid chance to take the early lead in Carolina, as Ryan O’Reilly twenty-seconds into the game took a shot on net that apparently hit the post, and then bounced off of Carolina’s goaltender Jason Peters back. Peters then reached behind and without looking, swatted the puck away to rob O’Reilly.
Cory Sarich also had an excellent shot as he took a slap-shot from the blue line that redirected off of the Carolina defenseman, just wide of the net. O’Reilly was active early, as he found P.A. Parenteau untouched in front of the net, as P.A. tried to deke Peters but was stuffed.
The Hurricanes dominated the shots on goal in the first, as they had many opportunities on Varlamov early on. Carolina finally executed with help from Jordan Staal who was in front of the net, buried it in the top shelf. He scored his 3rd goal of the season, assisted by Nathan Gerbe, and Patrick Dwyer.
Avs had another solid chance late in the 3rd period as McGinn was found by Landeskog in front the net, went down on one knee with a wrister that sailed wide of the net. The Avs came on late with good shots on net but couldn’t connect, as Carolina took the 1-0 lead heading into the 1st intermission, outshooting the Avalanche 11-to-5.
Twenty-six seconds into the 2nd period, Carolina answered with another goal from Patrick Dwyer; his first goal of the season, assisted by Nathan Gerbe and Jordan Staal. Hurricanes nearly scored again with a shot that hit of the far posts.
The Canes’ were simply outworking the Avs early on in the 2nd, with already twenty shots-on-goal, making Varly work. Hurricanes were called for a penalty on Radek Dvorak, two-minutes for hooking. Colorado would convert on the power-play, as Paul Stastny scored his 7th goal of the season; assisted by Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog, as the Avs trailed the Hurricanes by one.
Matt Duchene and his incredibly fast speed skated past the Carolina defense with a great opportunity to tie the game up, but was stuffed on the backhand by Jason Peters. Carolina would then commit another penalty, as Andrej Sekera was called for holding on Nathan Mackinnon.
Colorado could not even up the score, as Nathan Mackinnon had three chances to put the puck in the net, but Peters came up strong again and robbed the rookie. The 2nd period would end shortly after the power-play, as the Hurricanes led the Avalanche heading into the 3rd period.
The Avalanche didn’t get anything going in the first ten-minutes, same to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jan Hejda with a slap-shot that was shot wide was one of the best chances all period for the Avs. O’Reilly had two great chances late but somehow shot one wide while he was in front of the net. Erik Johnson was called for a penalty late with about: 35 seconds left after pulling down Staal.
Patrick Roy decided to pull Varly with the face-off in his own zone to even the players out; Carolina couldn’t score the empty netter as the Avs offense went blank. The Avs just couldn’t get the puck out of their zone to create enough scoring chances to tie the game. Carolina picked up the win 2-1.
3: Justin Peters (CAR: 33/34 Saves.
2: Nathan Mackinnon (COL): 9 Shots, 2 Hits, Assist.
1: Jordan Staal (CAR): Goal, Assist, +2 rating.
What’s Up Next: The Colorado Avalanche (14-3-0) travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues (11-2-2) on Thursday. Puck-Drop at 6:00.