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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver

(Thursday, November 10th)

Final Score: Colorado 5, Vancouver 3

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Antti Laaksonen notched a goal and an assist during a four-goal first period and David Aebischer stopped 25 shots, as the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3, at GM Place.

Joe Sakic, Ian Laperriere, Marek Svatos and Karlis Skrastins also scored for the Avalanche, who have won six of their last seven games. Steve Konowalchuk had two assists in the victory.

Ed Jovanovski and Todd Bertuzzi scored for the Canucks, who lost for the first time at home this season (7-1-0) and failed to break the franchise record for the most consecutive home victories to start a season. Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund both finished with two assists for the Canucks, who have dropped three straight games overall.

"I think sometimes we take for granted that we have so much skill," said Jovanovski. "You're not going to fool a team like Colorado. "They play well and are tough to beat."

Alexander Auld allowed five goals on 30 shots in the loss.

The Avalanche broke the game open when they exploded for four goals -- all scored even strength -- in the first period.

Before one minute had elapsed in the game, the Avalanche led 1-0. Andrew Brunette fed a nice pass from behind the net to Laperriere, whose one-timer from the top of the crease lit the lamp at the 46-second mark.

Soon after, at 3:49, Sakic's sixth goal of the season made it 2-0.

Less than three minutes later, the visitors struck again. Konowalchuk and Svatos broke in on a 2-on-1 before Svatos' redirection at the right post made it 3-0 with 13:22 to play in the opening frame.

Later in the period, a failed clearing attempt by Auld led to Colorado's fourth goal. He went behind the net and swiped the puck up along the right half-wall, but Laaksonen was there to intercept it.

Laaksonen then skated in through the circle and, from a sharp angle, took a shot that hit Auld in the chest, deflected high in the air and bounced over the goal line with 7:09 remaining in the first.

"We certainly had our best period in the first," said Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville. "Everything went right for us. It was one of those starts you don't expect, but we'll take."

A pair of goals by Vancouver in the second cut its deficit in half.

First, on the power play, Morrison passed to Naslund behind the net and he quickly spotted Jovanovski, who was planted in front and ripped a quick one- timer into the cage at 1:17.

Midway through the stanza, the top line of Morrison-Naslund-Bertuzzi hooked up for a pretty goal with 9:15 remaining before the second intermission. Colorado blueliner Rob Blake failed to clear the puck out of his own zone and Naslund kept it alive up high along the left side.

Naslund then sent a nice flip pass to Morrison inside the left circle before a drop pass found the stick of Bertuzzi for a wrist shot in the slot that beat Aebischer. It was Bertuzzi's fourth goal of the season.

"We got ourselves back in the game in the second period and it looked like we were going to make a push in the third." said Vancouver coach Marc Crawford.

At the 7:57 mark of the third period, the Avalanche regained their three-goal advantage. The puck was rolling on its side when it came back to the left point for Skrastins, whose one-timer hit traffic in front and found the back of the net.

Richard Park's goal with 1:43 to play capped the scoring.

Game Notes

Sakic's goal was the 548th of his career, which ties him with Michel Goulet for 21st place on the all-time goal scoring list. Goulet played for the Quebec Nordiques, who later became the Avalanche, and now works for Colorado in the front office...The original mark of seven consecutive victories to start a season was set by the 1980-81 club...Colorado has won three of the four meetings between these teams this season...The Avs finished scoreless on six power-play chances, while the Canucks went 1-for-7 with the extra skater.

11/11 02:00:21 ET

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