NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Vancouver 6, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Mikael Samuelsson recorded his first NHL hat trick and Jannik Hansen scored a controversial goal late in the third period to help the Canucks rally to beat the Colorado Avalanche, 6-4, at the Pepsi Center.
Samuelsson had a four-point night, and all three of Samuelsson's tallies came the second period as the Canucks won for the fourth time in five games. Hansen's game-winner came as he skated through the crease and deflected the puck away from goaltender Craig Anderson and the disc then trickled into the net.
"I wish we didn't have to come back like this," Samuelsson said. "It takes the energy away from you. You have to play the game for 60 minutes and we never stopped. That's the good thing. We know we can do it. We got a couple of comebacks early in the season, so that helps us confidence wise."
Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists, while Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in the win as Vancouver came back from a three-score deficit and widened its lead to four points over Colorado for first place in the Northwest Division.
Matt Duchene had two goals for the Avalanche, who have lost four of six. Anderson racked up 26 saves in the losing effort.
Vancouver finally tied the game in the third period as Alexandre Burrows scored at 8:04 on deflection off a shot from the right circle from Christian Ehrhoff.
The goaltender left the net with a little over a minute to go and Sedin added an empty netter with under a minute left to cement the two-goal victory.
Colorado got on the board first at 6:17 when Duchene took a pass from Peter Mueller, who was coming from around the net for the easy score in front. Chris Stewart added to the Avalanche's 1-0 advantage just 28 seconds later on a loose wrist shot from the right boards that went through Luongo's legs.
Just about seven minutes later at 13:26, Duchene scored his second of the night on a wrister set up by Paul Stastny for a power play goal. The helper was Stastny's team-leading 50th of the season. The Avalanche ended the period up 3-0.
"The horn sounding at the end of the first was a good turning point for me," Luongo said. "Once we got back in the locker room we just said that we need to keep playing and we have the confidence, we had done it before. All we needed was one goal to get going and that�s what happened."
The scoring didn't subside in the second period as Samuelsson put in a easy rebound off the skate of Anderson at 6:40. Sedin blasted the initial shot.
Just 36 seconds later, Colorado once again took a three-goal lead at 4-1, when Mueller stole a bad clearing chance from the Canucks in their own zone and put away the goal on a breakaway.
Vancouver once again cut the deficit to two at 4-2, when Samuelsson scored his second of the period on a backhand after Ehrhoff's shot from the point hit a bunch of players in the front of the net at the 11:45 mark..
Samuelsson recorded the hat trick on a close-range put-in from the left crease as Sedin came from behind the right side of the net and sent a pass to the forward. The tally at 18:18 cut the Avalanche lead to 4-3.
"It was a bad game," Stastny said. "It was a good first period but after that, mental lapses hurt us."
Colorado has allowed five hat tricks this season...Vancouver won its NHL-best 10th game when trailing after two periods...Vancouver's Henrik Sedin finished the game with three assists...Colorado's Kyle Cumiskey finished with two assists...Vancouver leads the season series matchup, 4-1.
03/10 02:54:03 ET