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Avs' late charge comes up short against Canucks

Friday, 10.21.2005 / 10:00 PM MT / News
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Avs\' late charge comes up short against Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Daniel Sedin scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks withstood Colorado's furious charge in the final 3 minutes to hang on for a 6-4 victory over the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Brad May and Patrice Brisebois scored 17 seconds apart, and Alex Tanguay added a power play goal with 1:45 left to close the gap to 5-4, but it wasn't enough for an Avalanche team that has lost four of its last five games.

Antti Laaksonen also scored for Colorado, playing for the second straight night.

Bryan Allen, Ed Jovanovski, Brendan Morrison and Trevor Linden also scored for the Canucks, who swept their four-game home stand. Vancouver scored twice on the power play and two more times within seconds of a man advantage expiring to extend their winning streak to five games.

It was the teams' first meeting since Todd Bertuzzi's on-ice attack on then-Avalanche forward Steve Moore on March 8, 2004. But with Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and chief disciplinarian, in attendance there was little sign of the long-standing bad blood between the Northwest Division rivals.

Bertuzzi, who was suspended 17 months by the NHL and received one-year probation and community service after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm for the blindside punch to Moore's head, had an assist.

Moore suffered broken bones in his neck from the attack and a concussion that has prevented the unrestricted free agent from resuming his career.

Colorado outshot the Canucks 32-23, but Dan Cloutier was sharp early, especially when the Avalanche got the first three power plays of the game. He robbed Colorado captain Joe Sakic twice in close off rebounds and the Canucks responded by opening the scoring shortly after their first man advantage expired late in the period.

Former Canucks forward Brad May had just stepped out of the box when Allen beat rookie goalie Peter Budaj cleanly with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot.

Jovanovski doubled the lead on another power play just over 2 minutes later when he knocked his own rebound out of the air and sent the puck fluttering over Budaj, who was down after a good save on the original deflection.

Colorado killed off a lengthy 5-on-3 to start the second period and Laaksonen put the Avalanche on the board early with a wraparound after Mattias Ohlund gave the puck up behind his own net, catching Cloutier out of position.

Sedin restored the two-goal cushion with a nifty power-play deflection from the high slot off twin brother Henrik's slap pass from the left half boards.

Morrison made it 4-1 6 minutes into the third on a rebound after Budaj, who finished with 19 saves, robbed Bertuzzi on a deflection in front.

Game notes Colorado snapped its three-game losing streak with a 7-1 win at Edmonton on Friday night. ... Vancouver had 10 power-play goals in the last four games, moving the Canucks from 25th in the league into the top 10. ... Colorado's penalty-killing unit was ranked seventh in the NHL after only giving up one goal in the previous 17 chances. ... Jovanovski also had an assist on Allen's goal, giving the defenseman two goals and six assists during a four-game point-scoring streak.

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