Avalanche blown away by Hurricanes in third period collapse

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In the second clash of storms of the season, the Colorado Avalanche fell 3-1 on the road to the Carolina Hurricanes. After staring down gale force wins and making 57 saves on 60 shots in their first matchup, goaltender Semyon Varlamov was unable to repeat his brilliance in a game the Avalanche needed to win in order to keep pace in the tightly contested race for the second wild card spot in the western conference.

It was an even game in every way entering the third period as the teams were tied 1-1 on the scoreboard and 23-23 in shots on goal. Brock McGinn's second goal of the night just 35 seconds in changed all that and ultimately proved to be the game-winner. It was eerily similar to his first goal of the night as he took a pass from Elias Lindholm, who had won the puck behind the Avalanche net, and one-timed the puck past Varlamov.

Carolina added to its lead with just under seven minutes remaining when Jeff Skinner was somehow all by himself on the side of the Avalanche net and was able to bang home a rebound off a Lee Stempniak shot to move ahead 3-1 and essentially puck the game out of reach in a Carolina-dominated third period.

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