Avalanche Vs Hurricanes: Sutter Scores Game Winning Goal, Carolina Wins 2-1 In Overtime

Colorado brings plenty of new faces to Raleigh as they face the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Carolina Wins Game In Overtime On Sutter Goal

The Colorado Avalanche earned a point in the standings to begin their five game east coast road trip, but failed to earn the win as Carolina’s Brandon Sutter scored the game-winning goal a mere 1:16 into the overtime period.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward kept the Hurricanes in the game through the first two periods, when the Avalanche dominated play and were stifled on three straight power plays. The Hurricanes were able to use their physicality to slow the Avalanche’s superior speed and begin to control the pace of the game, though both teams had plenty of chances.

New acquisitions Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Hunwick both played solid minutes for Colorado, with Hunwick leading all Avalanche players with 21:55 of ice time. Recent addition O’Byrne was third on the team in ice time.

Kevin Shattenkirk set a franchise record with his assist on the Hejduk goal, scoring a point in eight straight games. This is an Avalanche record for a defenseman.

Colorado faces the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

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Skinner Scores For Carolina, Hejduk Scores Equalizer

Carolina rookie phenom Jeff Skinner beat Colorado goalie Craig Anderson with a top shelf backhand shot off a rebound, and it appeared that would be enough for the Hurricanes to steal the game.

Instead, Milan Hejduk continued his rebound season with a rocket of a wrist shot that beat Carolina’s Cam Ward glove side. Rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk made a beautiful pass that found Hejduk in neutral ice and Hejduk was able to beat his defenseman into the zone with six minutes left in the game.

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Craig Anderson and Cam Ward Spectacular In Goal, No Score After Two Periods

Another period of electric hockey, but scoring remains elusive as both goaltenders have kept their respective teams in the game.

Colorado goalie Craig Anderson has been nothing short of incredible in his first game back after returning from injury. Though he has only played a total of six periods of hockey in the past five weeks, Anderson has turned aside shot after shot — including robbing Carolina forward Erik Cole with a kick save midway through the second period.

He has been matched, and surpassed, by Carolina’s Cam Ward. Ward faced three straight power plays by Colorado and emerged unscathed. Multiple breakaways by Daniel Winnik and Greg Mauldin have yet to find the net, as Ward has been aggressive in attacking advancing forwards and still maintaining his usual great positioning between the pipes.

Shots are close, as Colorado holds a 24-22 margin going into the third period. Carolina actually outshot the Avalanche in the second period, despite having to kill off six straight penalty minutes.

Carolina has used their size and physicality to neutralize the obvious Colorado speed advantage. As a result, this game has been fast-paced, with multiple odd-man advantages for both sides. Yet, the goalies have refused to budge, keeping the game scoreless.

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Colorado Dominates First Period, Game Remains Scoreless

The Colorado Avalanche started off their five game road trip with a flurry of energy, dominating the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period. Even with Paul Stastny serving a two minute minor penalty for holding the stick, Colorado has outshot the Canes by a 16-11 margin. Many of those Carolina shots occurred in the final minutes of the period, as Colorado had a 12-1 differential halfway through the period.

Carolina goalie Cam Ward has kept the Canes in this game, making spectacular saves — including a pad save on a Matt Duchene backhand shot and stopping Paul Stastny’s breakaway shot at the end of the penalty kill.

Avalanche forward David Jones missed several shifts, possibly injury related, but returned for the final minutes of the period.

New acquisition forward Tomas Fleischmann has logged 5:07 of ice time, paired mainly with Duchene and Jones. New defenseman Matt Hunwick has 6:33 and two shots on goal.

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