Avs-Hurricanes Grades: Missed opportunity

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The Colorado Avalanche fell 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes. How did the players grade out? Predictably, not well!

See the results below.

Tyson Barrie (B-) – The goal was vintage Barrie, jumping into the play and making a perfect read. The poor defense and getting beat in a puck battle behind the net for Carolina's first goal was also vintage Barrie as tonight was a perfect example of the roller coaster you ride with him.

Gabriel Bourque (D) – He got flat out robbed in the first period by Cam Ward for what would have been his fifth goal of the season. Beyond that moment, however, he was on the ice for a significant number of Carolina chances and he got obliterated in an increased role with Blake Comeau out.

J.T. Compher (C+) – Quite a game for Compher as he made a great play to spark the Avalanche's only goal of the night. He had multiple high-quality scoring chances throughout the game but failed to finish on them. Given his recent run of goals, it's too hard to complain about his lack of finish but it's obvious he can't consistently beat NHL goaltenders enough to be a legitimate top-six player. At least not yet.

Samuel Girard (D+) – He skated well and moved the puck efficiently early but he was not good defensively tonight and was on the ice for far too many scoring chances for Carolina.

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