NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Tuesday, March 27th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Colorado 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Roberto Luongo stopped 34 shots for his fifth shutout of the season as the Vancouver Canucks knocked off the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0, at Pepsi Center.
Daniel Sedin and Sami Salo both had a goal and an assist and Matt Cooke also scored for the Canucks, who have won five of their last six games.
With the win Vancouver clinched a playoff spot and with 99 points sits in the third spot in the Western Conference and first place in the Northwest Division, one point ahead of Minnesota.
"They are not an easy team to play here," said Luongo. "They are so desperate. It's nice to get the win and secure the playoff spot. Our penalty killing was huge. Guys just falling down and sacrificing their body."
Jose Theodore made 26 saves for the Avalanche, who lost in regulation for the first time in 12 games. Colorado had posted a 10-0-2 record during that span.
The loss seriously dimmed Colorado's playoff hopes. The team has 85 points and trails Calgary by seven points for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with six games remaining.
"I felt good but at this time of year it's not about feeling good it's about getting some points," said Theodore.
Vancouver got the first goal of the game in the third period when, while on the power play, Henrik Sedin fed the puck from the left point to the high slot where Salo blasted a shot through a screen and past Theodore 2:14 into the stanza.
Cooke sealed the win with an empty-net goal with just 54.5 seconds to play and Daniel Sedin added another empty-netter moments later to cap the scoring.
The Avs threw 12 shots on net in the first period while Vancouver managed just four, but no pucks found the back of the net in the opening frame.
The Canucks had a little more punch in their offensive attack in the middle frame as they had 14 shots compared to nine for Colorado, but again the netminders stood tall and the game went into the third period scoreless.
Colorado hits the road for a game in Phoenix on Thursday...Vancouver plays in Los Angeles on Thursday...Colorado left wing Andrew Brunette played in his 700th game...Luongo, who now has 32 career shutouts, has blanked the opposition in two of his last three games...Vancouver went 1-for-4 on the power play while Colorado failed to score on any of its five chances.
03/28 00:07:21 ET