Erik Johnson and Matt Duchene have scored as the Avs have jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Johnson picked up his second goal of the season with 8:30 left in the first as the defenseman crashed the net. Canes goalie Justin Peters stopped a shot by Paul Stastny, but Johnson had the puck go off his skate and into the net.
The play was reviewed and the call on the ice upheld: the goal counted and the Avs had a 1-0 lead.
The Canes, though outshot 18-8 in the first, appeared to gain some momentum after killing off 1:47 of a 5-on-3 power play by the Avs. Ryan Murphy was called for tripping after falling and losing the puck in the Canes zone, and Radek Dvorak then flipped the puck over the glass for a delay of game penalty.
But late in the period, Duchene scored his seventh of the season. Collecting the puck behind the Canes net, he beat Peters to the post and stuffed in a shot with 2:27 left in the period.
Semyon Varlamov started in net for the Avs and may have made his best stop of the opening period on a quick backhander by Jordan Staal 5:40 into the period.
The Canes had a late first-period power play after Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog slashed Murphy. But Colorado, which leads the NHL in penalty killing, got the job done again.