NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Saturday, November 14th)
Final Score: Vancouver 8, Colorado 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin recorded his first career hat trick, and Roberto Luongo made 32 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks crushed the Colorado Avalanche, 8-2, in a battle between divisional foes at Pepsi Center.
Steve Bernier added a pair of goals for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game skid in convincing fashion. Tanner Glass, Mathieu Schneider, and Jannik Hansen each had a goal and an assist while Mason Raymond and Ryan Johnson each had three assists for Vancouver, which had been outscored 11-3 during its skid.
"It's always nice to get it. It's a little late after playing so many games. It's always nice to get a hat trick," said Sedin of his hat trick.
Matt Hendricks and Marek Svatos each lit the lamp for the Avalanche, who have lost three consecutive contests and five of seven. Craig Anderson stopped 18- of-22 shots before being pulled after two periods. Peter Budaj turned aside 4- of-8 shots in the third stanza.
"They outworked us in all aspects of the game. They got on us early and we can't let that happen. We have to be ready to play, and we weren't and it showed. From top to bottom we have to be better," said Colorado forward Paul Stastny.
Sedin got the Canucks offense going with a pair of goals in the first period. The former first-round pick lit the lamp at the 1:57 and 7:09 marks to give Vancouver a quick 2-0 lead. Hansen's score with 9:01 left made it a 3-0 game.
The only scoring of the second period came when Schneider tallied at the 8:22 mark for a 4-0 lead.
Colorado netted a pair of goals to begin the third to cut the gap to two. Svatos lit the lamp on the power play at 5:52, and Hendricks scored with 9:08 remaining.
Vancouver responded in a big way, scoring the final four goals over the last 8:43 of the tilt.
After Bernier found the back of the net, Sedin completed his hat trick with 7:07 to play while on the man advantage. Bernier scored again with 2:24 to go, while Glass capped the scoring in the final minute.
The Avs got forward Milan Hejduk and defenseman Tom Preissing back from injuries on Saturday. Hejduk had missed the last two games due to a back injury, while Preissing (knee surgery) made his season debut...Colorado notched a 3-0 victory at home over Vancouver on October 3, but the Canucks repaid the favor with a 3-0 home win on November 1.
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