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Hurricanes 5, Avalanche 2

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:51 PM

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Hurricanes 5, Avalanche 2
Colorado Avalanche 2, Carolina Hurricanes 5

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -Matt Cullen had his first career hat trick and the Carolina Hurricanes extended their winning streak to three games with a 5-2 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon at the RBC Center.

Cullen recorded his 400th career NHL point with his second goal, which came early in the second period and gave Carolina a 2-1 lead.

Colorado had its three-game winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in 16 games to Carolina. The Avalanche entered 12-0-3 against the Hurricanes, last losing to the franchise in 1996, when the Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers.

Darcy Tucker scored for Colorado at 2:12 of the second to tie the game at 2-2, but Joni Pitkanen scored off a rebound with 2:54 remaining in the middle frame to give the Hurricanes a lead they would not relinquish.

Ryan Bayda's third-period goal made it 4-2, and Cullen added an empty-netter with 32 seconds remaining to complete the hat trick.

Carolina moved to one point out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

The Avalanche jumped out of the gate quickly, as Wojtek Wolski scored only 59 seconds into the contest after stealing a pass and skating in on the right side to beat Carolina netminder Cam Ward. It was the third straight game in which Wolski has recorded a goal.

The shots after that were scarce for the Avalanche, playing the second game of a six-game road trip. The Hurricanes outshot the Avalanche 39-19.

Colorado's Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves, and Cam Ward made 17 for Carolina.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:59
COL
Wojtek Wolski (14) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 COL
07:00
CAR
Matt Cullen (17) Wrist shot - ASST: Chad LaRose (7), Joni Pitkanen (20)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:19
CAR
Matt Cullen (18) Wrap-around - ASST: Chad LaRose (8), Ray Whitney (32)
2 - 1 CAR
02:12
COL
Darcy Tucker (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Chris Stewart (7), Brett Clark (10)
2 - 2 Tie
17:06
CAR
Joni Pitkanen (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (21), Dennis Seidenberg (18)
3 - 2 CAR
3rd Period
08:49
CAR
Ryan Bayda (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Jussi Jokinen (12), Anton Babchuk (11)
4 - 2 CAR
19:28
CAR
EN - Matt Cullen (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (33)
5 - 2 CAR
penalty summary
1st Period
01:10
COL
Milan Hejduk  Hi-sticking against  Tim Gleason
03:55
CAR
Tim Conboy  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Stewart
03:55
COL
Chris Stewart  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Conboy
08:32
COL
Milan Hejduk  Tripping against  Sergei Samsonov
12:16
COL
Cody McCormick  Roughing against  Chad LaRose
15:40
CAR
Jussi Jokinen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Darcy Tucker
15:40
COL
Darcy Tucker  Slashing against  Jussi Jokinen
17:54
COL
Cody McCormick  Hi-sticking against  Dennis Seidenberg
2nd Period
07:58
CAR
Chad LaRose  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:12
CAR
Anton Babchuk  Holding against  Ryan Smyth
16:14
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Tripping against  Eric Staal
19:31
COL
Ben Guite  Hooking against  Tuomo Ruutu
3rd Period
01:41
COL
Ian Laperriere  Tripping against  Joni Pitkanen
11:27
COL
Darcy Tucker  Slashing against  Patrick Eaves
13:19
CAR
Tuomo Ruutu  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 38TOI: 58:48
Saves: 34EV: 23 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 10
SV%: .895SH: 1 - 1
Cam Ward
Cam Ward
25-19-3
SA: 19TOI: 59:49
Saves: 17EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .895SH: 1 - 1
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