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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Vancouver

(Sunday, February 18th)

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Colorado 4

Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Brendan Morrison scored two goals and picked up an assist to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at General Motors Place.

Matt Cooke added a goal and two assists for the Canucks, who have won four straight. Henrik Sedin had a goal and an assist while Roberto Luongo ended with 32 saves.

Andrew Brunette tallied twice for the Avalanche, who have lost two in a row.

Jose Theodore started between the pipes for Colorado and allowed five goals on 20 shots.

With the game tied at 3-3 after two periods, Vancouver opened up a two-goal lead striking twice in the first four minutes of the final frame.

Sedin scored 1:31 into the third to put the Canucks in front at 4-3. Sedin stripped Colorado's Ken Klee in front and fired the puck into the net.

Shortly after Sedin's tally, Morrison netted his second goal of the game to make it 5-3. Markus Naslund controlled the puck in the high slot and slid a pass down in front to Morrison, who slammed the disc home.

Colorado pulled to within a goal at 6:04 after Ian Laperriere unleashed a wrister into the top right corner of the net.

The Avs failed to net the equalizer as they could not get the puck past Luongo down the stretch.

The Avalanche struck first and grabbed a 1-0 lead just 2:49 after the game's opening faceoff. From the right point, Karlis Skrastins ripped a slap shot that Brunette tipped past a screened Luongo.

Vancouver tied things at 1-1 after Daniel Sedin rammed home a loose puck in the crease at 6:14 of the first period.

A short-handed tally by Brad Richardson at 10:51 of the first put the Avs in front at 2-1. Ben Guite intercepted a pass in the neutral zone and raced into Vancouver zone up the left wing. From down low, Guite centered a pass to a streaking Richardson, who backhanded the disc through the legs of Luongo.

Cooke's sixth goal of the campaign evened the score at 2-2 at the 17:36 mark of the first.

The Canucks took a 3-2 lead 8:17 into the second stanza. Morrison battled for a loose puck in the crease and after two swipes, managed to push the disc over the goal line.

Brunette's second goal of the contest made it 3-3 at 13:36 of the second.

Game Notes

The Canucks are now two points ahead of Calgary for the top spot in the Northwest Division...Colorado's Paul Stastny picked up an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to eight games...Vancouver went 1-for-4 on the power play while the Avs went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

02/19 00:41:48 ET

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