NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Sunday, December 7th)
Final Score: Colorado 5, Vancouver 4 (SO)
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Daniel Tjarnqvist tied the game late in the third period and three Colorado players scored in the shootout phase for a 5-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
Marek Svatos was credited with the winning tally, although Wojtek Wolski and Milan Hejduk also scored in the shootout, as the Avalanche beat the Canucks for the eighth straight time.
Hejduk had a goal and two assists in regulation, while Paul Stastny had three assists. David Jones and Ryan Smyth also scored for Colorado, which snapped a two-game skid. Peter Budaj made 34 saves for the Avalanche.
"I felt good tonight. I was seeing the puck well and making the first save, and then the guys just got it for me," said Budaj. "Everyone enjoys shootouts, you've got to. I just had to play the patience game and let the shooter make the first move."
Steve Bernier scored twice, while Daniel Sedin and Darcy Hordichuk also lit the lamp for the Canucks, losers in five of their last six contests. Cory Schneider made 31 stops in defeat.
"Obviously I am frustrated in that I could not hold the lead," said Schneider. "I can't dwell on it as the game is now over, but when we have leads on three separate occasions it is frustrating."
In the shootout, Wolski scored on a forehand, but Kyle Wellwood evened it for Vancouver. Svatos scored on a backhand up high in the second round, and Budaj then made a save on Pavol Demitra. Hejduk sealed the win with a backhander over the right pad of Schneider.
Hordichuk scored 2:17 into the game on a shot from the left circle, but the Avalanche took a 2-1 lead in the second. Jones netted his fourth of the season at the 5:14 mark, passing the puck to himself and then leaping over Vancouver defenseman Shane O'Brien before scoring from the side of the net.
Smyth tallied at the 11:25 mark, but Sedin and Bernier scored 1:56 apart later in the second to give the Canucks a 3-2 edge. Sedin's 12th of the season came off a scramble in front, and Bernier capitalized on the power play by putting a rebound from in front past Budaj.
Hejduk tied the game at 3-3, 2:50 into the third when his shot from above the right circle squeezed through a screen and past Schneider.
Bernier moved the visitors ahead again seven minutes later on a one-timer from the slot off a feed from Alex Burrows, but Tjarnqvist evened the game again with 2:50 remaining in regulation on a shot from above the left circle.
Bernier had the best chance in overtime, but his backhander from in front clanked off the left post halfway through the stanza.
The Canucks were 1-for-3 on the power play, while Colorado was 0-for-2...Vancouver, which is on a season-long seven-game road trip, plays Nashville on Tuesday...Colorado hosts Los Angeles on Tuesday...The attendance of 13,411 was lowest since the franchise moved to Colorado.
12/08 00:37:12 ET