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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver



(Sunday, March 25th)

Final Score: Colorado 5, Vancouver 4 (SO)

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Brett McLean scored the lone goal of the shootout to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place.

In the shootout, McLean was Colorado's first shooter and he skated in on goal and quickly ripped a snap shot past Roberto Luongo low on his glove side. After the Canucks and the Avs did not score on their respective chances that followed, Jose Theodore made a pad stop on Daniel Sedin to give Colorado the much-needed extra point.

McLean and Joe Sakic each tallied two goals in regulation for the Avalanche, who are now five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Peter Budaj started between the pipes for Colorado and allowed three goals on 13 shots before being replaced by Theodore late in the first period. Theodore finished with six saves.

Taylor Pyatt scored two goals while Sedin notched a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who had their four-game win streak end. By still picking up a point, Vancouver jumped in front of Minnesota in the Northwest Division. Both teams have 45 wins and 97 points but Vancouver has one less loss in regulation.

Daniel's twin brother Henrik added three helpers and in doing so set a new franchise record for most assists in a season with 63. The previous mark was held by Andre Boudrias, who had 62 during the 1974-75 campaign.

Luongo made 26 saves in the loss.

The Canucks struck first and grabbed a 1-0 at 9:19 of the opening period. Daniel Sedin raced into the Colorado zone up the left wing and centered a pass in front to a streaking Pyatt, who guided the disc past Budaj with a backhander.

At 12:22 of the first, Sakic evened the score at 1-1 after netting his 33rd goal of the campaign. Andrew Brunette controlled the puck behind the Vancouver net and slid the disc out in front to Sakic, who one-timed the feed past Luongo low on the stick side.

With 3:28 left in the first, Sedin gave Vancouver a 2-1 edge after jamming at a loose puck at the right of the crease and finally pushing the disc just over the goal line for the power-play tally.

Jeff Cowan then gave the Canucks a two-goal cushion after netting his seventh goal of the season with 2:13 left to play. Cowan's goal chased Budaj from the game as he was pulled in favor of Theodore.

The goaltending change sparked the Avalanche as 16 seconds later, McLean made it 3-2 with his 13th goal of the year.

Pyatt's second goal of the contest gave Vancouver a two-goal edge at 12:22 of the middle session.

With 1:49 left in the second, McLean made it a 4-3 contest after finishing off a breakaway by roofing the puck top shelf.

Sakic's second goal of the game, a power-play tally, with 9:23 left in the third tied the game at 4-4.

In the extra frame, Colorado had a goal waived off due to a high stick by Milan Hejduk.

Game Notes

These two clubs return to action in Colorado on Tuesday...Sakic moved past the legendary Ray Bourque for ninth on the NHL's all-time scoring list...Brunette has picked up an assist in eight straight games.

03/26 01:05:05 ET


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