NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver |
(Monday, March 8th)
Final Score: Colorado 9, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk posted a hat trick and Joe
Sakic added a goal and three assists to lead Colorado to a 9-2 win over
Vancouver in a fight-filled contest at GM Place.
Derek Morris posted a goal and an assist and David Aebischer made 16 saves for
the Avalanche, who won for the second time in three games and improved to
3-6-2-1 in their last 12 games. Steve Konowalchuk, Darby Hendrickson, Paul
Kariya and Steve Moore also scored.
Brad May scored twice for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak
snapped and are winless in their last three at home against Colorado (0-2-1).
Trevor Linden posted two assists to become the franchise points leader (675).
Hejduk put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 at 6:54 of the first period on a wrist shot
from the right faceoff circle.
Colorado then reeled off four straight goals, in less than two minutes, later
in the first to go ahead 5-0. They set a franchise record by scoring three
goals in 51 seconds.
Konowalchuk started the flurry with his 16th of the season with 5:20 left in
the period. Sakic beat Dan Cloutier 19 seconds later on an unassisted wrist
Cloutier, Vancouver's starting goaltender, was pulled after stopping six of 10
shots. His replacement, Johan Hedberg, made 20 saves.
Hendrickson's second goal of the season with 4:29 to play pushed the lead to
4-0 before Moore backhanded in a pass from Peter Worrell in front of the
crease 38 seconds later to cap the flurry.
May scored twice within a minute in the second period to get the Canucks
within 5-2. He beat Aebischer at 7:24 and then again just 52 seconds later.
Linden assisted on both goals to snap a tie with Stan Smyl (673) atop
Vancouver's all-time points list.
"I appreciate the response from the fans, but the most important thing was to
get the win and we didn't do that," said Linden about the good and bad of the
Midway through the second, Morris notched his sixth goal on the power play to
put the Avalanche ahead 6-2.
Colorado scored twice in the early moments of the third period. Kariya got his
ninth of the season with a shorthanded tally on a slap shot from the left
faceoff circle. Then, Hejduk converted from the slot on the power play before
completing his second career hat trick with a two-man advantage with 8:01 to
Midway through the third period, Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher
after receiving a punch in the head from behind by Vancouver forward Todd
Bertuzzi. Moore, whose head hit the ice, laid motionless on the ice before
being carted off. Bertuzzi received a match penalty.
"I know it might not mean much right now, but as weird as it seems, I don't
think that was Todd's intention. He gave him a sucker punch, but he feels
awful about it right now," explained Vancouver's Markus Naslund.
The Avalanche, who improved to 9-1-2-2 in their last 14 on the road, were 3-
for-12 on the power play...Brent Sopel and Matt Cooke each had an assist for
the Canucks, who fell to 4-2-1 in their last seven overall. They were 0-for-5
with the extra skater...Vancouver set a franchise record by allowing four
goals in 1:39 during the first period.
03/09 03:17:04 ET