RALEIGH, N.C. — This one had just a few extra quirks, however for the third time in three tries for the reason that All-Star break, the not dangerous, however far-from-optimal model of the Colorado Avalanche proved to be not sufficient in opposition to one of many higher groups within the Jap Convention.
Martin Necas scored a pure hat trick on three of Carolina’s first 4 photographs, and the Hurricanes despatched the Avs to their third straight loss with a 5-2 victory at PNC Enviornment.
The most important drawback for the reason that prolonged break is now formally the ability play. Colorado transformed 35 p.c of its possibilities within the last 22 video games earlier than the time without work, however the Avs had one other tough night time with the person benefit and it price them.
Not solely did they go 0-for-6, however 3 times they took a penalty to negate the ability play. The Avs at the moment are 0-for-12 with the person benefit throughout this mini-skid.
The primary interval was the wackiest 20 minutes of the season, and possibly by a big margin. It featured 5 targets on 13 photographs between the 2 groups, two extraordinarily bizarre tallies and the 2 quickest targets in Avalanche historical past.
Necas scored on the primary shot on purpose of the sport at 1:52 of the primary. He collected the puck in his finish and pulled off a Nathan MacKinnon-esque weaving sprint by the impartial zone earlier than a innocent wanting shot from above the left circle. It hit Alexandar Georgiev’s blocker and caromed to the left, however glanced off the heel of his glove and into the web as an alternative of heading for the nook just like the goalie anticipated.
He made it 2-0 at 6:25 with a howitzer of a one-timer. The Hurricanes had a 6-on-5 with a delayed penalty, and Carolina whipped the puck round to stretch out the Avs’ protection and provides Necas a wide-open look from the excessive slot.
Necas accomplished the hat trick at 16:51. Georgiev made his first save of the sport at 16:48, however Teuvo Teravainen bumped the rebound in the direction of the left submit and Necas had a tap-in to make it 3-0.
The Avs took a penalty whereas on the ability play for the second time late within the first interval, however Colorado clawed again into the competition with a pair of 4-on-4 targets. Zach Parise’s first with the franchise got here with 26.3 seconds left within the first on a shot that hit Carolina goalie Pyotr Kochetkov and trickled throughout the purpose line.
Samuel Girard made it a 3-2 recreation 5 seconds later with a purpose from close to the middle ice crimson line off the following faceoff. His shot from close to the Hurricanes’ bench fooled Kochetkov, and set a brand new franchise report for the shortest span between two targets.
The second interval dialed again the zaniness, however Colorado’s particular groups troubles persevered. The Avs failed to attain on a pair of energy performs, took a penalty throughout one for the third time and allowed an extra-man purpose when Michael Bunting scored on a one-timer at 12:06 of the interval.
MacKinnon was held off the scoresheet for the second straight recreation — the primary time that’s occurred for the reason that Avs have been shut out in back-to-back video games by Pittsburgh and Buffalo in late October. The Avs will attempt to snap this three-game slide Saturday in South Florida in opposition to one other of the East’s prime groups, the Florida Panthers.
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