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The Carolina Hurricanes came up short against the Colorado Avalanche last night, falling 3-2 in overtime.
Calvin de Haan came back into the lineup after being scratched in Monday's game against the Chicago Blakchawks, while Antti Raanta got the start.
The Hurricanes were able to force some turnovers for good chances early but Colorado still managed to strike first on a power play, with Evan Rodrigues beating Antti Raanta after Carolina couldn’t clear the zone. The Hurricanes continued to press throughout the frame and had some great opportunities (outshooting Colorado by a 12-5 margin) but couldn’t capitalize, and the Avalanche kept the lead through 20 minutes.
Carolina did manage to draw even midway through the second period, with Sebastian Aho winning a puck battle in open ice and ripping a shot past Pavel Francouz. Despite another really strong period through, the Hurricanes found themselves down again later in the frame when Josh Manson sprung Alex Newhook on a partial breakaway, and Newhook went to the backhand with a nice move to beat Raanta. Despite outshooting Colorado 29-11 through two periods, Carolina went into the third period down again.
The Hurricanes did manage to tie it once again midway through the third period though, with Martin Necas outwaiting Francouz in front and sliding the puck past him. Carolina completely dominated the frame, outshooting Colorado by a massive 18-2 margin in the period but couldn’t take the lead, and the game continued to overtime.
In the extra frame though, after Seth Jarvis got caught up ice, the Avalanche went down on a 3-on-2 and J.T. Compher fed Artturi Lehkonen for a one-timer which beat Raanta, as Colorado took the extra point.
Carolina outshot the Avalanche by a massive 48-15 margin and put together a pretty great game, despite the loss.
They had a ton of chances and at the end of the day, they ran up against a goalie playing great. The shot totals are one thing, but Francouz made some high-end saves throughout the night to keep Colorado in it.
At the same time, not being able to bury chances has been a trend for Carolina, dating back to last season. Additionally, the power play went 0-for-4 and continues to really, really struggle this season, now ranked 30th in the league.
Carolina still picked up a point but couldn’t manage to get the win in a game where they played well. They’ll be back in action tomorrow against the Minnesota Wild.
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