Hurricanes 2, Avalanche 1

The Sports Xchange
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Goaltender Justin Peters made 33 saves as the suddenly surging Carolina Hurricanes held off the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.
Center Jordan Staal and right winger Patrick Dwyer scored for Carolina, which improved to 3-0-1 on its homestand.
Center Paul Stastny's second-period goal provided offense for the Avalanche, which lost for the first time on the road (6-1-0).
The outcome pent a dent in the Colorado's best start in franchise history. Its overall record is 14-3-0.
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots, rarely tested in the latter half of the game.
The 33 saves for Peters matched his season high.
Staal's goal at 12:47 of the first period came off a rebound when Varlamov was unable to retreat into position after saving center Nathan Gerbe's shot.
The Hurricanes went up 2-0 when they caught the Avalanche napping in transition. Gerbe collected the puck and fed Dwyer, who was skating toward the net and converted for his first goal of the season just 26 seconds into the second period.
Peters, playing in a ninth consecutive game, stopped right winger P.A. Parenteau, who skated in alone, about six minutes into the game.
Colorado left winger Gabriel Landeskog's shot off the crossbar with about eight minutes remaining in the second period kept his team scoreless.
Shortly after, the Avalanche cashed in on a power play when Stastny tapped in the puck after it trickled through Peters on center Nathan MacKinnon's shot. That goal came with 5:26 left in the second period.
The Avalanche notched 15 of the last 17 shots of the second period.
Dwyer's only previous point this season came with an assist in the third game of the season at Pittsburgh.
Carolina's second-period goal was the second fastest it has scored in a period this season. The fastest came Oct. 25 at Colorado with a tally 12 seconds into the middle period.
NOTES: Hurricanes RW Radek Dvorak left with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... C Eric Staal, the Carolina captain, played in his 708th career game, moving him into a tie with Kevin Dineen for third place on the franchise's all-time list. Only Ron Francis (1,186) and Glen Wesley (913) played in more games for the Hartford/Carolina franchise. ... D Matt Hunwick was added to the Avalanche roster last week, but the veteran of 291 NHL games hasn't been in the lineup for Colorado yet this season. ... Colorado LW Alex Tanguay, who had a goal and an assist in last month's game against the Hurricanes, missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury. ... Six of Colorado's seven road games have come against Eastern Conference teams. ... Colorado stays on the road for its next game, visiting the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night. ... The Hurricanes end a five-game homestand Friday night against the Anaheim Ducks, who are second to the Avalanche in points in the entire NHL.

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