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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver

(Saturday, December 2nd)

Final Score: Vancouver 2, Colorado 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Taylor Pyatt scored the game-winning goal in the third period and Roberto Luongo made 40 saves as Vancouver edged Colorado, 2-1.

"Guys were boxing it up well and keeping shots to the outside," said Luongo. "40 shots on a night like this is something that's fun for me."

Daniel Sedin tallied the other goal for the Canucks, who have won two of their last three games.

John-Michael Liles scored the lone goal for the Avalanche, who had won five of their previous seven games.

Avs goaltender Jose Theodore faced just six shots in the first period before leaving the game with a pulled abdominal muscle. Peter Budaj took his place and finished with 16 saves.

After a scoreless first period, Vancouver drew first blood on Sedin's power play goal with 5:28 left before the second intermission.

Sami Salo's shot from the point hit Colorado defenseman Brett Clark in the slot. Sedin collected the puck from there and stuffed it past Budaj for the first goal.

Colorado managed to even the score 4:03 into the third period as Andrew Brunette sent a perfectly timed pass to a streaking Liles, who slapped it past Luongo to make it 1-1.

However, Brad Richardson was soon whistled for hooking and Vancouver was able to take advantage near the end of the ensuing power play. Mattias Ohlund fired a shot from the point that Pyatt managed to deflect down through Budaj's armpit for the goal.

Colorado pulled Budaj late for the extra attacker, but Joe Sakic was whistled for hooking with 1:14 left in regulation, killing any momentum the Avs had.

"It's tough when you get a lot of opportunities and you can't seem to bury them," said Liles. "That?s why they went out and got (Luongo). He?s a guy that can win games. It's a little frustrating as a team to be close to at least one point and have one kind of slip away."

Game Notes

The win was just Vancouver's second against Northwest division opponents. Nine of the Canucks' next 13 opponents are divisional foes...Luongo recorded his first career win against Colorado (1-7-0)...Vancouver went 2-for-6 on the power play, while the Avs squandered four opportunities with the man- advantage...The Canucks will host Edmonton on Monday...Colorado will host Columbus on Tuesday.

12/03 01:38:32 ET

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