Denver, CO (SportsNetwork.com) – Zach Redmond’s second goal of the game came
with 1:35 to play as the Colorado Avalanche grabbed a 4-3 win over the
Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.
Jarome Iginla had a goal and an assist and Erik Johnson also scored for the
Avalanche, who have won three of four.
Reto Berra was pulled less than 17 minutes into the start after giving up
three goals on 10 shots. Calvin Pickard turned aside all 17 shots he faced in
relief to pick up the first win of his career.
Nathan Gerbe, Andrej Nestrasil and John-Michael Liles all scored for the
Hurricanes, who have lost five of six.
“We started this game the way we wanted to,” said Liles. “Give them credit for
battling back because I think we let our foot off the gas.”
Trailing by a goal, the Avalanche tied the game with 5:17 to play as Iginla’s
quick shot from the right circle found the back of the net for his third goal
of the season.
With time winding down, the Avs went ahead when Iginla fed a short pass from
the low left side to the right circle where a pinching Redmond one-timed it
home for the game-winner.
“We were talking about this on the power play and this is something we plan
on,” said Redmond. “He fed me a perfect pass. It’s a win and a big two
Carolina got on the board just 3:48 in as Liles’ one-timer from the left
circle on a rush beat Berra for his first of the season, and Gerbe made it
2-0 just over a minute later when he wristed one home during a scrum in
Colorado got one back with 9:08 to play in the first as Redmond’s shot from a
sharp angle at the left side found the net, but Carolina got it back six
minutes later as Nestrasil’s wrister from the right wing on a rush chased
Berra from the net.
The only goal of the second period went to Colorado when Johnson’s heavy shot
from the left circle went in at 8:25.
Carolina continues its five-game road trip in Florida on Wednesday …
Colorado plays in Arizona on Tuesday … These two teams split a pair of games
last season, with the home team winning each game … It was Iginla’s first
goal in 13 games.