Wolski's Four Points Lead Avs To 4-1 Victory
DENVER (AP) -- Wojtek Wolski had a goal and three assists and he and fellow rookie Paul Stastny combined for seven points in a 4-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
Linemates Stastny and Mark Rycroft also scored goals, and Brett Clark added a power-play tally with 35 seconds to play.
Jose Theodore stopped 28 shots for Colorado, winners of four of five. The Avalanche was 2-for-7 on the power play.
Kevin Bieksa scored for the Canucks. Goaltender Robert Luongo made 35 saves. He had won his previous three starts.
Theodore had to make a save on a breakaway by Alexander Burrows in the final three minutes with Vancouver short-handed.
The Canucks quickly made it 2-1, 35 seconds into the third period on Kevin Bieksa's fourth goal of the year. Bieksa sent a slap shot through a screen from the right point past Theodore and Vancouver had the Avalanche on their heels in the early minutes of the period.
Wolski gave Colorado its two-goal lead back with a power-play goal at 7:29, sending a shot back into the net. Luongo had stopped a shot by Patrice Brisebois from the right point.
The Canucks generated more scoring chances in the first period, but trailed 2-0. Brendan Morrison missed an open net at 6:20 and Theodore made saves on Matt Cooke and Ryan Kesler moments later before Colorado produced two goals.
Wolski fed Rycroft at the last instant on a 2-on-1. Rycroft poked the puck past Luongo at 11:25 of the period for his second goal of the year.
Wolski stole the puck behind the net from Willie Mitchell and found Stastny in the slot for a one-timer at 17:45.
Vancouver failed to capitalize on two power plays in the first six minutes of a scoreless second period. The Canucks had no shots when Rycroft drew the extra penalty for boarding when he and Cooke drew roughing penalties.