NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver
(Monday, March 8th)
Final Score: Colorado 9, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Milan Hejduk posted a hat trick and Joe Sakic added a goal and three assists to lead Colorado to a 9-2 win over Vancouver in a fight-filled contest at GM Place.
Derek Morris posted a goal and an assist and David Aebischer made 16 saves for the Avalanche, who won for the second time in three games and improved to 3-6-2-1 in their last 12 games. Steve Konowalchuk, Darby Hendrickson, Paul Kariya and Steve Moore also scored.
Brad May scored twice for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and are winless in their last three at home against Colorado (0-2-1). Trevor Linden posted two assists to become the franchise points leader (675).
Hejduk put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 at 6:54 of the first period on a wrist shot from the right faceoff circle.
Colorado then reeled off four straight goals, in less than two minutes, later in the first to go ahead 5-0. They set a franchise record by scoring three goals in 51 seconds.
Konowalchuk started the flurry with his 16th of the season with 5:20 left in the period. Sakic beat Dan Cloutier 19 seconds later on an unassisted wrist shot.
Cloutier, Vancouver's starting goaltender, was pulled after stopping six of 10 shots. His replacement, Johan Hedberg, made 20 saves.
Hendrickson's second goal of the season with 4:29 to play pushed the lead to 4-0 before Moore backhanded in a pass from Peter Worrell in front of the crease 38 seconds later to cap the flurry.
May scored twice within a minute in the second period to get the Canucks within 5-2. He beat Aebischer at 7:24 and then again just 52 seconds later.
Linden assisted on both goals to snap a tie with Stan Smyl (673) atop Vancouver's all-time points list.
"I appreciate the response from the fans, but the most important thing was to get the win and we didn't do that," said Linden about the good and bad of the night.
Midway through the second, Morris notched his sixth goal on the power play to put the Avalanche ahead 6-2.
Colorado scored twice in the early moments of the third period. Kariya got his ninth of the season with a shorthanded tally on a slap shot from the left faceoff circle. Then, Hejduk converted from the slot on the power play before completing his second career hat trick with a two-man advantage with 8:01 to play.
Midway through the third period, Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher after receiving a punch in the head from behind by Vancouver forward Todd Bertuzzi. Moore, whose head hit the ice, laid motionless on the ice before being carted off. Bertuzzi received a match penalty.
"I know it might not mean much right now, but as weird as it seems, I don't think that was Todd's intention. He gave him a sucker punch, but he feels awful about it right now," explained Vancouver's Markus Naslund.
The Avalanche, who improved to 9-1-2-2 in their last 14 on the road, were 3- for-12 on the power play...Brent Sopel and Matt Cooke each had an assist for the Canucks, who fell to 4-2-1 in their last seven overall. They were 0-for-5 with the extra skater...Vancouver set a franchise record by allowing four goals in 1:39 during the first period.
03/09 03:17:04 ET