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Wolski's Four Points Lead Avs To 4-1 Victory

Friday, 11.24.2006 / 10:00 PM MT / News
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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.

Theodore smothered a point-blank shot by Markus Naslund with Andrew Brunette off for hooking. Theodore made a glove save on Cooke's slap shot from the right circle late in the period.

Notes: Vancouver's Tommi Santala and Colorado's Cody McCormick had a brief skirmish in the first period ... Vancouver finished the road trip 1-2-0. ... RW Milan Hejduk missed the game with the flu ... D John-Michael Liles turned 26 ... D Jordan Leopold is skating with the team and could be available for Colorado's game Thursday at Edmonton.
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