The Avalanche was the last team standing in the NHL when it came to not losing on the road.
Unfortunately for Colorado, "was" usually doesn't precede many good things.
The Avs lost 2-1 at Carolina on Tuesday night, becoming the last team in the league to lose a road game. Colorado is now 6-1-0 on the road and 14-3-0 overall this season.
With a win, the Avalanche would have matched its franchise record for the longest road winning streak at any point of the season (seven games, Jan. 10 to Feb. 7, 1999).
Colorado's 6-0 start on the road did tie its longest road winning streak to begin a season in franchise history. The 2011-12 team also won its first six games away from Pepsi Center.
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ROY SHARES HIS THOUGHTS: Avs coach Patrick Roy talks following the Avs 2-1 loss to Carolina.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forwards Jordan Staal and Patrick Dwyer staked their team to a 2-0 lead, and goaltender Justin Peters made it stand up in a 2-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
Peters made numerous impressive saves among the 33 shots he stopped, earning his third win in four games. The Hurricanes (7-7-4) have seven points in the past four games, while Colorado (14-3-0) lost on the road for the first time this season (seven games).
Carolina linemates Staal, Dwyer and Nathan Gerbe each had two points.
The Hurricanes started the scoring with Jordan Staal's third goal of the season. Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped Gerbe from close range but kicked out the rebound to Staal, who shoveled a backhander into the net at 12:47. Dwyer earned an assist with a strong forecheck.
Colorado was outshot 11-5 in the first period, but the Avalanche still generated quality chances. Early in the period, Ryan O'Reilly's backhander hit the post, then PA Parenteau charged down the slot, only to be stopped by Peters. The goaltender also came up big against Paul Stastny on a goal-mouth scramble in the final minutes of a penalty-free period.
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The Avalanche is on some kind of a ride through the first few weeks of this 2013-14 season.
If that’s to continue tonight against the Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., the Avs will have to do what they’ve done all year: win on the road.
Colorado is a perfect 6-0 on three road trips this season and is the only NHL team with a spotless mark away from home. The Avs have already matched the longest road winning streak to begin a season in franchise history, and with a victory tonight would equal their longest road winning streak at any point of a season (seven games; Jan. 10 to Feb. 7, 1999).
Just another little milestone to reach for, for a hockey club that’s already bagged a few such morsels early on this season.
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It’s Sunday night, and Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden is standing in front of his stall deep inside Pepsi Center. It’s been about an hour since he scored his first NHL goal and helped the Avs to another victory.
He can’t stop smiling as he talks to reporters all of a sudden very interested in this 6-4, 200-pound defenseman.
Outside the locker room, the arena is emptying as excited Colorado hockey fans make their way out into the November Denver night. They’re thrilled with the team’s 14-2 record in the past six weeks and excited to see how the next six months play out. Among those fans is Holden’s wife, Angela, and his son, Parker, who, like Holden, are pretty pleased with how things have gone the past few weeks.
A reporter asks Holden to describe his emotions after he saw his puck shot fly past the outstretched glove of Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
“I’m happy that it’s out of the way,” he says humbly, “and hopefully I can score a few more. … I closed my eyes and got lucky.”READ MORE >
AVALANCHE (14-2-0) at HURRICANES (6-7-4)
TV: ALT, SPSO
Last 10: Colorado 8-2-0; Carolina 4-5-1
Season series: This is the second and final regular-season meeting between the Avalanche and Hurricanes. Matt Duchene had two goals and an assist Oct. 25 to lead Colorado to a 4-2 win against the Hurricanes at Pepsi Center.
Big story: Colorado already has a pair of six-game win streaks on the young season, and if the Avalanche win Tuesday it will be halfway to another one. The Avs are first in the NHL in goals-against average (1.75), third on the penalty kill (88.5 percent) and fourth in goals scored per game (3.38). Colorado is also the only team left in the league undefeated when scoring first, so the Hurricanes might want to grab the upper hand early Tuesday night in Raleigh.READ MORE >
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