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Game Six Recap - Avs 6, Hurricanes 4

Carolina allowed five second period goals in their loss to Colorado on Saturday night.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Colorado Avalanche
Oct 21, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrates his goal with Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin (13) as Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov (52) kneels dejected in the second period at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: John Leyba
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The good news is that the Carolina Hurricanes did not allow an empty net goal in their 6-4 loss to the Colorado Avs on Saturday night. The bad news is that they allowed goals in every other situation.

The Avs scored three powerplay goals, two at even strength, and one shorthanded as the Canes continue to be the worst team in the league regarding goals allowed.

Carolina did start the game well as they jumped to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jesperi Kotkaniemi with 3:51 left in the period. This came right at the end of a powerplay so was officially recorded as an even strength goal.

At this point, Pyotr Kochetkov was playing well in net. The goalie had several good saves in the period.

The Avs would tie the game with just six seconds left in the period when a pass was guided into the net off the skate of Ryan Johansen.

After allowing a shorthanded goal as Logan O’Connor blew by the two closest Canes, Carolina took the lead in the game when Brent Burns and Michael Bunting scored midway through the second.

But then Colorado took over and never looked back. They went on to score four unanswered goals the rest of the period as the wheels fell off for the visitors.

Jaccob Slavin would add a meaningless tally in the third to close out the scoring.

The Hurricanes are battling several injuries as Brett Pesce joined the walking wounded of Aho, Svechnikov, and Andersen.

Next up for the Canes will be a contest against the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Game Notes:

  • Slavin had a team high three blocked shots.
  • The team was credited with 10 hits led by Noesen with three.
  • Bunting led the team with five shots on goal. The team had 27 compared to 28 for Colorado.
  • Burns had a team high 24:22 of ice time.

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