NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver
(Tuesday, October 26th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Colorado 3 (OT)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mason Raymond tallied the game-winning goal 28 seconds into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena.
Jeff Tambellini, Peter Schaefer and Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who finished their October schedule with a 4-3-2 record. Roberto Luongo allowed three goals on 39 shots in the victory.
David Jones, Daniel Winnik and Matt Duchene scored for Colorado, which is winless in its last three games (0-2-1).
Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj finished with 27 saves.
"He played very well," Jones said of Luongo. "We put a lot of shots on him. It wasn't easy to score."
Colorado trailed 3-2 late in the third period, but Duchene's second goal of the season knotted the score with 1:33 remaining in regulation. With the goaltender pulled in favor of the extra attacker, Milan Hejduk held control inside the right circle and sent a pass across the low slot for Duchene, who tallied with a wrist shot from the left side.
Early in the extra session, a faceoff inside the left circle of Vancouver's offensive zone resulted in puck control by Colorado defenseman Jonas Holos, who skated in front of the net to begin a breakout. Raymond, though, alertly poke-checked Holos's stick near the top of the crease and the disc caromed behind the surprised Budaj as the Canucks celebrated the victory.
"We kind of lost the draw there and I saw the puck heading behind the net and I took a whack at it towards the net and it went in between his legs," Raymond said. "It wasn't the prettiest, but I'm very pleased."
A wrist shot from the slot by Jones 4:28 into the game opened the scoring.
With 10:50 to play in the first period, the Canucks tied it up on Tambellini's second goal of the season. Daniel Sedin held control in the middle and fed a pass into the inner portion of the right circle, where Tambellini's one-timer lit the lamp.
Winnik's third goal gave the Avs a 2-1 lead at 4:40 of the second stanza. Ryan O'Reilly faked a shot from the lower left circle and instead passed the disc into the goal mouth for a successful redirection tap-in by Winnik.
Less than three minutes later, Vancouver found the equalizer on the power play. A shot from the left side was saved by Budaj, who failed to control the loose puck before Kesler, who was all alone in front, buried the rebound.
Schaeffer's wrist shot from the outer rim of the right circle gave Vancouver a 3-2 lead near the five-minute mark of the third.
Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson, who was not slated to start, was injured during pre-game drills and is expected to miss time...Christian Ehrhoff posted two assists in the win...Vancouver has won eight of its last 11 overall against the Avs...Luongo improved to 4-0-1 in his last five starts against Colorado...Sedin extended his season-opening consecutive points streak to nine games...The Avs failed on both of their power-play chances, while the hosts ended 1-for-3 with the extra skater...Attendance was 18,860.
10/27 03:37:36 ET