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Sutter gives 'Canes OT victory over Avs

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sitting in the penalty box, watching a second penalty called on a teammate, Brandon Sutter didn't like the Hurricanes' chances against the Avalanche.

Yet, the Hurricanes survived an early Colorado flurry and three consecutive power plays in the second period, and Sutter scored 1:15 into overtime in a 2-1 victory Friday night.

"Those kills were huge," Sutter said. "We really got the momentum after that."

Carolina coach Paul Maurice thought the game turned on the second-period penalty kills.

"Right after that, we had a good shift and seemed to control the rest of the period," he said.

The teams were scoreless after the first two periods, but neither team lacked for scoring opportunities. In the first period, the Avalanche — which entered Friday second in the league averaging 3.46 goals a game — had 12 shots in the first 10 minutes to Carolina's one. From that point to the second intermission, the Hurricanes outshot the Avalanche 21-12.

Game highlights: Henrik Lund­qvist earned his fourth shutout of the season and Marc Staal scored in the second period to lift the host Rangers to a 2-0 victory over the Islanders and a sweep of the home-and-home series. … Ryan Miller made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season, Drew Stafford had a goal and an assist in his return after missing 11 games with a shoulder injury, and the host Sabres beat the Blue Jackets 5-0.

Canadiens: Top defenseman Andrei Markov will have knee surgery to repair meniscus and reconstruct his ACL and miss the remainder of the season. Markov injured the knee Nov. 13 against Carolina and has missed Montreal's past nine games. He missed the start of the season due to a knee injury suffered during last season's playoffs.

Flames: The league fined forward Curtis Glencross an undisclosed amount for a cross-check to the face of Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard on Wednesday. In the game, Glencross received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct.

Predators: Starting goalie Pekka Rinne is out for up to a month after hurting his left knee Wednesday against the Blue Jackets.

at Hurricanes 0 0 1 1 2
Avalanche 0 0 1 0 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesStastny, Col (holding stick), 12:01.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesBra.Sutter, Car (slashing), 1:53; Harrison, Car (high-sticking), 3:59; McBain, Car (high-sticking), 6:05.

Third Period1, Carolina, Skinner 8 (Ruutu), 4:50. 2, Colorado, Hejduk 9 (Shattenkirk), 12:51. PenaltiesMcLeod, Col (hooking), 10:20.

Overtime3, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 5 (Pitkanen, McBain), 1:16. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalColorado 16-8-11-0—35. Carolina 11-11-6-2—30. Power-play opportunitiesColorado 0 of 3; Carolina 0 of 2. GoaliesColorado, Anderson 4-4-1 (30 shots-28 saves). Carolina, Ward 11-8-2 (35-34). A16,277 (18,680).

at Rangers 0 1 1 2
Islanders 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesJoensuu, NYI (instigator, unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 12:42; Callahan, NYR, minor-major (elbowing, fighting), 12:42; Avery, NYR, minor-misconduct (roughing), 15:18; Sim, NYI (goaltender interference), 17:09.

Second Period1, N.Y. Rangers, Staal 4 (Stepan, Dubinsky), 4:33 (pp). PenaltiesSim, NYI (goaltender interference), 2:42; Sim, NYI (diving), 7:00; Dubinsky, NYR (cross-checking), 7:00; MacDonald, NYI (interference), 7:42; Avery, NYR (boarding), 15:22.

Third Period2, N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 11 (Dubinsky, Callahan), 19:57 (en). PenaltiesRoloson, NYI, served by Schremp (tripping), 16:03. Shots on GoalN.Y. Islanders 3-7-7—17. N.Y. Rangers 6-8-7—21. Power-play opportunitiesN.Y. Islanders 0 of 2; N.Y. Rangers 1 of 5. GoaliesN.Y. Islanders, Roloson 2-10-1 (20 shots-19 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 11-9-1 (17-17). A18,200 (18,200).

at Sabres 2 1 2 5
Blue Jackets 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Buffalo, Hecht 3 (Ennis, Grier), 5:58. 2, Buffalo, Pominville 2 (Stafford, Vanek), 14:54 (pp). PenaltiesRussell, Clm (interference), 11:48; Dorsett, Clm (slashing), 14:25; Hecht, Buf (hooking), 15:41; Roy, Buf (tripping), 18:26.

Second Period3, Buffalo, Stafford 5 (Roy, Vanek), 12:01 (pp). PenaltiesMoreau, Clm (goaltender interference), 11:08; Clark, Clm (roughing), 19:15; Commodore, Clm, major (boarding), 19:15; Montador, Buf (roughing), 19:15; Leopold, Buf (roughing), 19:15.

Third Period4, Buffalo, Ennis 6 (Morrisonn), 15:31. 5, Buffalo, Vanek 10 (Ennis, Roy), 19:13 (pp). PenaltiesMacKenzie, Clm (roughing), :09; Weber, Buf (interference, roughing), :09; Commodore, Clm, major (fighting), 4:36; McCormick, Buf, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 4:36; Boll, Clm, minor-major (charging, fighting), 7:48; Montador, Buf, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 7:48; Dorsett, Clm, major (fighting), 8:57; Kaleta, Buf, minor-major-misconduct (roughing, fighting), 8:57; Boll, Clm, major-game misconduct (illegal check to the head), 17:13; Wilson, Clm (slashing), 17:58. Shots on GoalColumbus 5-7-7—19. Buffalo 14-15-8—37. Power-play opportunitiesColumbus 0 of 6; Buffalo 3 of 6. GoaliesColumbus, Garon 6-2-0 (37 shots-32 saves). Buffalo, Miller 8-7-2 (19-19). A18,529 (18,690).

Sutter gives 'Canes OT victory over Avs 12/03/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 3, 2010 10:59pm]
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