NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Colorado
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Colorado 3
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Daniel Sedin scored twice and his brother Henrik added three assists to lead Vancouver over Colorado, 4-3, at Pepsi Center.
Brendan Morrison and Ryan Kesler added scores for the Canucks, who won for just the second time in their last six contests.
Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots to earn his fifth win of the season.
"They played great. They blocked passes, they blocked shots," said Luongo of his teammates. "A huge job by the entire team."
Marek Svatos scored twice for the Avalanche, whose four-game win streak came to an end. Jeff Finger also scored and Paul Stastny added a pair of assists.
Peter Budaj allowed four goals on 22 shots, suffering the loss in his 100th NHL game.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead midway through the first on Daniel Sedin's sixth goal of the year.
Colorado struck back to tie with a short-handed goal, as Finger notched his first goal of the season with 8:07 to play in the second.
"I got a good pass from Wyatt (Smith), and was able to get off a good shot," Finger noted.
Morrison put the Canucks ahead 2-1 on a power-play score with 4:06 left in the stanza, and it was 3-1 for the visitors as Kesler pumped home his third goal of the season 1:16 into the third.
Svatos responded less than four minutes later on the power play to bring the Avs within 3-2, but Daniel Sedin scored on a 5-on-3 power play with 6:35 remaining thanks to a primary assist from Henrik which restored Vancouver's two-goal margin.
Svatos picked up his second of the game with 10 seconds to go, but it was not enough and the Canucks dealt their Northwest Division rivals their first home loss of the season.
"This was a great win, it was good to start feeling it in the dressing room," said Canucks defenseman Mike Weaver. "We got the puck deep, and though Colorado has three deep lines, we wanted to keep pressure in their zone. We just worked at getting the puck and keeping it."
Colorado had tied a franchise record by starting the season with six straight home wins for the first time since the lockout-shortened 1995 season when the team was known as the Quebec Nordiques...Coming into Saturday, only the Avalanche and Flyers had not lost a home game this year...The Canucks faced their first game of a long haul without defensemen Kevin Bieksa (sliced calf) and Sami Salo (facial injury). The club called up backliner Luc Bourdon from Manitoba (AHL) to fill the roster spot...Defenseman Lukas Krajicek will also be out of the lineup four weeks with a broken foot.
11/04 01:27:28 ET