Avs Score Four Goals In Third Period, Rally To Beat Canes 5-2
Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche, who had lost four of six. They got back on the winning track by going 3-for-5 on the power play.
Justin Williams scored two goals for Carolina, giving him 13 this season. He snapped a 1-1 tie at 1:08 of the third period.
John Grahame stopped 25 shots for the defending Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, who were 1-for-7 on the power play and went 0-3-1 on their road trip.
Brunette poked the puck over Grahame's stick to tie it at 2 at 8:46. Liles scored the winner at 10:35 off a pass from Brunette.
Sakic, who also had two assists, netted an insurance goal at 12:44 with a wrist shot from the slot.
Pierre Turgeon added a power-play goal with 3:37 left.
Colorado led 1-0 after one period on Arnason's ninth goal. Grahame stopped Arnason's shot from the slot, but the center regained the puck and sent a backhander into the net at 1:22.
The Hurricanes outshot Colorado 11-9, but managed only three shots in three power-play chances. Budaj made a sprawling save to stop Ray Whitney in the final five seconds of the period.
Williams tied it at 1, converting a 5-on-3 advantage early in the second period. With Brett Clark and Brad Richardson in the penalty box, Cory Stillman found Williams alone in front of the net for a goal at 1:44.
Grahame preserved the tie with chest-high save on a shot from the slot by Ian Laperriere midway through the second period. Williams missed a chance at a go-ahead goal in the last 20 seconds when Colorado defenseman Ossi Vaananen poked the puck away with a desperate dive in the crease.
Notes: Carolina LW Cory Stillman made his season debut after missing 31 games with a shoulder injury. ... Hurricanes captain Rod Brind'Amour (lower body) missed his second game. ... Carolina D Bret Hedican played in his 900th NHL game. ... Colorado D Karlis Skrastins played in his 463rd consecutive game, second longest among NHL defensemen to former Toronto's Tim Horton (486).