RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Samuel Girard scored a tie-breaking goal with 2:37 left in the third period and Tyson Jost scored twice as the Colorado Avalanche extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Girard took a cross-ice pass from Gabriel Landeskog and lifted a shot high into the net to break a 2-2 tie. The Avalanche won after allowing Carolina to rally from a 2-0 deficit.
Pavel Francouz stopped 45 shots and won his fifth consecutive start.
Jost broke a 36-game scoring drought with his sixth and seventh goals of the season as Colorado won its seventh consecutive road game, matching the longest road winning streak in franchise history.
Carolina got two goals from Teuvo Teravainen in the third period to tie the score, but fell for the second straight game to a top team from the Western Conference. The Hurricanes, who are in a tight competition for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, lost 4-1 at home to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Goalie Anton Forsberg, who was recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League after Petr Mrazek and James Reimer were injured Saturday in Toronto, made 29 saves for the Hurricanes.
Jost, a fourth-line winger who was the No. 10 pick overall in the 2016 NHL draft by the Avalanche, capitalized on an opportunity in the first period that arose when Carolina defenseman Jake Gardiner stumbled and lost the puck at the Hurricanes’ blue line.
After taking possession of the loose puck, Jost skated in on a 2-on-1 break and fired a shot high into the net behind Forsberg. Jost scored again in the second period when the Hurricanes struggled to clear the puck out of their own zone.
Defenseman Cale Makar corralled the puck inside the blue line and passed to Jost in front of the net, where he redirected the puck between Forsberg’s legs and into the goal. Makar, who entered the game ranked second among NHL first-year players in points, holds franchise rookie defenseman records with 46 points, 12 goals and 34 assists.
After Francouz frustrated the Hurricanes for more than two periods, Teravainen finally broke through 5:54 into the third on a bad bounce off one of Francouz’s own players. Teravainen shot from a bad-angle, but the puck deflected off defenseman Ian Cole’s stick and into the net as he jostled for position with Svechnikov 5:54 into the third.
Teravainen struck again shortly afterward, tying the score at 2-all. A pass from Jaccob Slavin sent Teravainen in on a breakaway, and he shot the puck between Francouz’s legs and into the net.
Francouz continued his recent stellar play in goal. Francouz had stopped 94.1% of the shots he faced over the previous four games with a 1.46 goals-against average, and he made it a difficult night for the Hurricanes’ shooters.
Francouz’s best stop came in the first period when he used his glove to deny Nino Niederreiter after a cross-ice pass. Francouz also benefited from some fortunate breaks as Jordan Martinook and Andrei Svechnikov had shots go off the post in the first period, and Sebastian Aho rattled another shot off the post during a third-period power play.
NOTES: Colorado’s penalty-killing unit remained rock solid as Carolina failed to score on all three of its opportunities with the man advantage. The Avalanche were 3 for 3 against the Hurricanes’ power play, stretching their streak to 15 straight penalties killed. ... Aho assisted on both of Teravainen’s goals to stretch his point streak to 14 games, the third-longest in franchise history and the longest since the move from Hartford to Carolina.
Avalanche: Travel to Nashville on Saturday for the second of three road games in four days.
Hurricanes: Visit Montreal on Saturday to begin a string of six consecutive road games.