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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver

(Thursday, December 11th)

Final Score: Colorado 1, Vancouver 1

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Ed Jovanovski scored early in the third period to help Vancouver earn a 1-1 tie with Colorado at GM Place. Alex Auld stopped 27 shots for the Canucks, who are unbeaten in their last three (1-0-2) and 3-1-3 in their last seven.

Rob Blake scored the lone goal for Colorado in the first period and David Aebischer was brilliant in net for the Avalanche, making 37 saves. Colorado is 4-0-3 in its last seven and has lost only twice in regulation since November 1 (11-2-4-1).

After a scoreless second period, the Canucks were given a four-minute power play at 2:02 of the third when Dan Hinote was slapped with a double-minor for high-sticking.

The Avalanche killed off the penalty, but Jovanovski scored just seconds after it expired to tie the game at 1-1.

The big defenseman skated into the Colorado zone and maneuvered around a pair of Avalanche players before snapping a harmless wrister from the top of the right circle that found its way past Aebischer on the glove side.

Jovanovski's sixth goal of the season ended his eight-game point drought.

Despite the soft goal, Aebischer was strong for the remainder of the contest. He stopped 19 of the 20 shots Vancouver fired at him in the third period and turned aside five shots in overtime.

The Avalanche managed only six shots in the third period, then fired five at Auld in the extra period.

Nine of Vancouver's last 13 games have gone to overtime. The Canucks are 4-2-3 in those nine games.

Vancouver had the first good scoring chance just under five minutes into the contest, breaking into the Colorado zone 3-on-1. Brent Sopel was the trailer and took a shot from the top of the slot that Aebischer turned aside.

The Avalanche then took a 1-0 lead at 6:08 of the period on Blake's seventh goal of the season. He intercepted a clearing pass by Vancouver defenseman Marek Malik, skated into the right circle and snapped a shot past Auld high on the glove side.

The Canucks had a goal disallowed with 6:27 left in the opening period because Mike Keane was whistled for goaltender interference as Brad May slipped a shot from the right circle into the net.

Game Notes

The Avalanche and Canucks share the league lead with 19 goals each by defensemen...Vancouver is 0-4-8 all-time against Colorado in overtime...The Avalanche are 10-0-1-1 when leading after two periods...The Canucks allowed the first goal for the seventh straight home game...Vancouver was 0-for-6 on the power play and is just 4-for-52 with the extra skater in its last 10 games...The Avalanche finished 0-for-4 on the power play...The Canucks are 1-1-2 on a five-game homestand that ends Sunday against Carolina.

12/12 00:58:42 ET

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