NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Thursday, October 27th)
Final Score: Colorado 6, Vancouver 2
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Pierre Turgeon scored the 498th and 499th goals of his career and the Colorado Avalanche welcomed Todd Bertuzzi and the Canucks to the Pepsi Center with a 6-2 victory over Vancouver.
Joe Sakic, Ian Laperriere, Steve Konowalchuk and Milan Hejduk each scored for the Avalanche, who gained a measure of revenge on Bertuzzi for his actions on March 8, 2004. In that contest, which was in Vancouver, Bertuzzi attacked Colorado's Steve Moore and was suspended for the remainder of that season as well as the playoffs.
Moore has yet to fully recover from the various injuries caused by Bertuzzi, who broke three vertebrae in Moore's neck. The future of Moore's hockey career is currently unclear.
This marked the first time that Bertuzzi has played in front of Colorado fans since the incident. The first meeting between the teams since the Bertuzzi attack occurred this past Saturday, when the Canucks posted a 6-4 victory in British Columbia. There were no fights in either game.
As for this one, Bertuzzi was heavily booed every time he touched the puck.
"It is what it is," said Bertuzzi about the crowd's reaction. "What am I going to do about it?"
Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kesler scored for the Canucks, whose six-game winning streak was halted. These teams will meet here again this coming Saturday.
David Aebischer stopped 40 shots for the Avalanche.
Following Sakic's fourth marker of the season, which came on the power play, gave the Avs a 1-0 lead just 2:37 into the opening period, Sedin tied it up at the 5:40 mark on a one-timer from the right slot. The goal was assisted by his brother Daniel.
Midway through the first, tremendous forechecking and cycling by the Avalanche resulted in their second goal and a 2-1 lead. The line of Konowalchuk, Laperriere and Antti Laaksonen completely dominated in the offensive zone and eventually combined to light the lamp at 10:33. Laperriere sent a pass from behind the net out front for a one-timer by Konowalchuk.
Laperriere's third goal of the season came with 7:28 remaining in the first stanza and was scored in similar fashion to the Avs' previous goal. He stood at the top of the crease and snapped a quick shot past Dan Cloutier.
Three Colorado goals, two from Turgeon and one from Hejduk, in the middle session put the game away. The first was Turgeon's wrister from the top of the left circle. He skated in and, off his back foot, beat Cloutier to the far side. That was the end of Cloutier's night. He allowed four goals on 18 shots.
Hejduk's 200th career goal was so fast, it almost didn't count. On the power play, a rebound sat along the goal mouth and Hejduk pounded it home. The referee originally signaled that the goal was no good because he could not see it. However, replays clearly showed that the puck hit the back bar and bounced back out very quickly. Colorado led 5-1 at 11:47.
"We played great for the first 40 minutes, then we slacked off," said Aebischer. "It was the best 40 minutes we have played this year."
Later in the second, at 14:02, a two-man advantage paved the way for the sixth and final Avalanche goal. Turgeon collected a rebound, went behind the goal line and purposely banked the puck off the back of Alexander Auld's pads and in.
Auld allowed two goals on 12 shots.
Kesler's second goal of the season, from Bertuzzi, capped the scoring at 2:24 of the third.
Four Colorado fans sat in a row dressed as prisoners with a large fake jail cell in front of them with a sign that read, "We are going to be Todd Bertuzzi for Halloween"...When his next tally is scored, Turgeon will become the 34th player in NHL history to score 500 goals...Vancouver forward Markus Naslund had his six-game point streak halted...The Canucks finished scoreless on eight power-play chances, while Colorado was 3-for-8 with the extra skater...In the third period, the visitors outshot Colorado 23-0.
10/28 00:30:49 ET