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Game Blog: Canes fall in Colorado, 4-2

Posted October 25, 2013

FINAL: Colorado 4, Carolina 2: Despite out-skating Colorado for parts of the second and third periods, the Hurricanes could not overcome an early deficit in Colorado as they fell 4-2 Friday night.

Drayson Bowman scored in his hometown of Denver, it was his first of the year. Andrej Serka also scored his first goal of the year for Carolina.

Justin Peters stopped 30 of 34 Avalanche shots in the loss.

17:20 3rd: Colorado 4, Carolina 2: Andrej Serka netted his first goal of the year on a wrister assisted by Jiri Tlusty and the Canes are back within two goals early in the third period.

19:24 3rd: Colorado 4, Carolina 1: Matt Duchene scored his second goal of the night just 36 seconds into the third period and the Avalanche have opened up a three-goal lead, 4-1.

The goal came on a wrist shot on the power play and the Avs have converted one of their three man-advantages.

End of 2: Colorado 3, Carolina 1: Drayson Bowman scored early in the second, but the Avs responded on an Alex Tanguay goal and the Colorado lead is 3-1 after two periods of play.

9:49 2nd: Colorado 3, Carolina 1: Alex Tanguay scored on a pass from Matt Duchene and the Avalanche have regained a two-goal advantage halfway through the second period.

19:48 2nd: Colorado 2, Carolina 1: Drayson Bowman, who was raised outside of Denver, scored his first goal of the season against the Avalanche to narrow the gap in the opening seconds of the second  period.

End of 1: Colorado 2, Carolina 0: The Avalanche fired 18 shots on Carolina goalie Justin Peters in the first period and beat him twice as they take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Canes mustered just eight shots but killed off two short-handed stints in the opening frame. The Avs also beat Carolina 18-8 on faceoffs.

2:27 1st: Colorado 2, Carolina 0: Matt Duchene scored his seventh of the season as he beat Justin Peters on a rebound and the Avalanche have opened up a 2-0 lead on the Canes late in the first period.

11:30: 1st: Colorado 1, Carolina 0: A goal by Colorado's Erik Johnson was reviewed by the war room in Toronto but upheld after it was determined the deflection off his skate was not a distinct kick.

Paul Stasny and Alex Tanguay were awarded assists on the puck that beat Justin Peters off of Johnson's skate. Eric Staal was also on the ice for the Hurricanes at the time of the goal as he fell to a team-worst minus-6 in plus/minus.

20:00 1st: Carolina at Colorado: Drayson Bowman will get the start on wing for Carolina in his hometown of Denver as the Hurricanes close out a back-to-back set on the road. He will be flanked by Jordan Staal and Nathan Gerbe with Justin Peters in net.


Pregame

Still unbeaten on the road, the Colorado Avalanche return home on Friday night and look to extend their Denver success over the hobbled Carolina Hurricanes.

The Avalanche are off to an 8-1-0 start and have won two straight since suffering their first loss of the season on Oct. 17 versus a visiting Detroit Red Wings team.

Colorado won for the fifth time in as many road games this year when it bested the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 1-0 margin on Monday.

The Avalanche won just four road games all of last season, but surpassed that mark thanks to Jean-Sebastien Giguere's second shutout in three starts this season. He turned aside 34 shots, prevented the Penguins from scoring on any of their seven power-play chances and helped hold Sidney Crosby without a point for the first time in a game this season.

"You have to respect him, but at the same time as a goalie you have to be ready," said Giguere about facing Crosby. "They threw a lot of stuff at me tonight and I'm just happy to get the win."

Gabriel Landeskog scored the game's only goal for Colorado, which will play six of its next seven at home.

Though Giguere is 3-0-0 on the season and has yielded just two goals on 103 shots, Semyon Varlamov is expected to get the start tonight. He has been solid as well, going 5-1-0 with a 1.68 goals against average in six starts.

Varlamov is 3-0-3 with a 2.23 GAA in six career starts against Carolina.

Avs defenseman Erik Johnson is doubtful for this game after taking a shot off his foot in Wednesday's practice.

Carolina, meanwhile, saw the prospect of getting its first victory in Denver in over seven years take a hit on Thursday night when goaltender Cam Ward exited a 3-1 setback to Minnesota early.

Ward was forced out of action just 4:07 into the contest after stretching out to make a save. He is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks with a lower body injury.

With backup Anton Khudobin already out with a lower body injury, Justin Peters saw his first action of the season and made 19 saves on 21 shots.

"Peters came in and did a good job for jumping into that kind of situation," said Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller.

Alexander Semin scored on the power play for the Hurricanes, who had begun their current four-game road trip with back-to-back victories.

Carolina is expected to recall goaltender Mike Murphy from the American Hockey League and he has appeared in just two NHL games, both with the 'Canes during the 2011-12 season.

Peters is likely to get the start tonight and would be facing the Avalanche for the first time. He figures to be better prepared for this contest.

"(The Wild) got two quick ones on me as soon as I came in," Peters said after last night's loss. "I just tried to get my bearings. Once I got into the game, I felt more comfortable. Just tried to prove to myself that I'm an NHL goalie and instill that trust into the team here."

Carolina also saw forward Jeff Skinner exit with a lower body injury, leaving his status for this game in doubt. The young forward has three goals and nine points in 10 games this season.

Minus Ward and likely Skinner, the Hurricanes look to snap a 10-game winless stretch in Colorado. The franchise is 0-7-1 with a pair of ties in 10 road meetings with the Avs since a 3-2 overtime victory on Feb. 9, 1996.

Carolina has not won in regulation on the road in this series since Hartford bested Quebec on Feb. 1, 1994.

The Avalanche have 14 wins and three ties in the past 20 meetings overall.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Oct 25, 9:28 p.m.

    A tough task just got tougher for the Canes with Ward out. Peters did well in some games last year, so hopefully he will capitalize on this opportunity and show he's up to the task.

  • kheffn Oct 25, 10:38 p.m.

    A tough task just got tougher for the Canes with Ward out. Peters did well in some games last... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    While I respect the posts you make, Peters has never been up to the task. If you look at his numbers in Charlotte, he was in the middle of the pack for AHL goalies..

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Oct 26, 6:37 a.m.

    A tough task just got tougher for the Canes with Ward out. Peters did well in some games last... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    While I respect the posts you make, Peters has never been up to the task. If you look at his... View More

    — Posted by kheffn

    The analysts definitely agree with you, that's for sure. Peters just happened to have good games the times I saw him play. While this is an opportunity for Peters to show what he has, it may be prudent for the Canes to see if they can pick up a goalie on waivers. I appreciate your post - it's refreshing to have honest discussions here - thanks.

  • tobin63 Oct 26, 2:31 p.m.

    We're not going anywhere with Peters as a starter, period. I expect a ritual slaughter in Pittsburgh and then maybe we'll get Khudobin back soon, God help us.

  • kheffn Oct 26, 10:04 p.m.

    A tough task just got tougher for the Canes with Ward out. Peters did well in some games last... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    While I respect the posts you make, Peters has never been up to the task. If you look at his... View More

    — Posted by kheffn

    The analysts definitely agree with you, that's for sure. Peters just happened to have good... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    You're welcome. As I said, I respect the posts that you make, even if I don't agree. I find it interesting that the same night Ward was hurt, they said he'd be out 3 - 4 weeks. Khudobin was out a week before Ward and I've yet to hear when they think he could be back.

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