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Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 5, Hurricanes 4
Colorado Avalanche 5, Carolina Hurricanes 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Marek Svatos capped a third-period rally with two goals in a span of 2:07 and the Colorado Avalanche rallied three times from two-goal deficits to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Saturday night.

The late goals gave Svatos nine goals in his past 10 games and helped the Avalanche stop a two-game losing streak. Paul Stastny, Milan Hejduk and Cody McLeod also scored, and McLeod had his first career NHL assist for Colorado.

Marek Svatos, center, is congratulated by teammates Tyler Arnason, left, and Wojtek Wolski (8) on his game-tying goal in the third period. Svatos would later net the game-winner to lead Colorado to the 5-4 victory over Carolina on Saturday. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Erik Cole, Keith Aucoin, Chad LaRose and Cory Stillman scored for the shorthanded Hurricanes in their second loss in a row at home. They have only two victories in their past eight games, thanks mostly to an injury list that goes six-deep. Those out include Matt Cullen, Justin Williams and Bret Hedican.

Still, Carolina controlled the first two periods and led 4-2 entering the final 20 minutes. That's when the game fell apart for the home team.

McLeod, called up from the AHL in December, got it started with a good effort behind the net as he stuffed the puck over the left leg of goalie Cam Ward to make it 4-3, and Svatos took over from there.

First, he reached around Carolina defenseman Niclas Wallin to poke in a rebound to tie the game, then grabbed another blocked shot to give the Avalanche the lead. Ward made a nice save but lost control of the puck, and Svatos was the first one there to put it through for the game winner.

The loss also spoiled Ward's first assist of the season, when he moved way out of the crease at the end of a power play to get the puck to Casey Borer. Borer passed to Stillman, who beat Theodore with a slap shot from just outside the right circle.

That one made it 4-2 before the Avalanche's comback.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:45
CAR
Erik Cole (10) ASST: Sergei Samsonov (5), Rod Brind'Amour (22)
1 - 0 CAR
18:01
CAR
Keith Aucoin (2) ASST: Tim Conboy (1)
2 - 0 CAR
2nd Period
00:50
COL
Milan Hejduk (16) ASST: Andrew Brunette (22), Paul Stastny (30)
2 - 1 CAR
03:43
CAR
Chad LaRose (6) ASST: Keith Aucoin (4), Mike Commodore (8)
3 - 1 CAR
10:24
COL
Paul Stastny (16) ASST: Jaroslav Hlinka (12), Cody McLeod (1)
3 - 2 CAR
13:39
CAR
Cory Stillman (20) ASST: Casey Borer (2), Cam Ward (1)
4 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
10:23
COL
Cody McLeod (3) ASST: Cody McCormick (2), Jeff Finger (8)
4 - 3 CAR
13:50
COL
Marek Svatos (18) ASST: Tyler Arnason (8), Jordan Leopold (2)
4 - 4 Tie
15:57
COL
Marek Svatos (19) ASST: Tyler Arnason (9), Wojtek Wolski (15)
5 - 4 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
04:19
CAR
Cory Stillman  Holding the stick against  Wojtek Wolski
06:24
CAR
Tim Conboy  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Parker
06:24
COL
Scott Parker  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Conboy
07:46
CAR
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
07:46
COL
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
14:12
COL
Tyler Arnason  Hi-sticking against  Rod Brind'Amour
18:37
CAR
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Jeff Finger
2nd Period
05:38
CAR
Andrew Ladd  Hooking against  Cody McCormick
08:01
COL
Cody McLeod  Cross checking against  Tim Conboy
11:39
COL
Jordan Leopold  Tripping against  Chad LaRose
15:23
CAR
Niclas Wallin  Interference against  Marek Svatos
3rd Period
19:23
COL
Tyler Arnason  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
José Théodore
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .882SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
SA: 29TOI: 58:49
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .828SH: 0 - 0
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