Avs Comeback Falls Short As Canucks Take 3-2 Win

Rick Sadowski | | Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 11:15 PM

DENVER – Despite a rash of injuries to their stable of forwards, the Vancouver Canucks have managed to stay in the hunt for a fifth consecutive Northwest Division title.

The Canucks moved back into the top spot Sunday with a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. They now have 40 points, two more than the second-place Minnesota Wild, who have played two fewer games.

Dale Weise became the fifth current Vancouver forward to be sidelined by an injury when he hurt his shoulder Saturday in a 1-0 win in Los Angeles, but the Canucks still had enough offense to knock off the Avalanche.

Jason Garrison, Mason Raymond and Alex Burrows scored goals to support goalie Cory Schneider, who stopped 26 shots for his fourth consecutive win. Schneider has held opponents to five goals in the streak.

Raymond and Burrows scored in the second period when the Canucks grabbed a 3-1 lead. Raymond beat Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 3:13 to break a 1-1 tie with a shot from just outside the left circle. Burrows skated down the right circle to convert Andrew Ebbett's pass at 14:29.

Garrison opened the scoring for the Canucks with a power-play goal at 5:18 of the first period and Jamie McGinn answered for the Avalanche at 9:18 off a cross-ice pass from PA Parenteau on a 2-on-1 rush.

The Canucks were shorthanded four times in the third period and gave up a power-play goal to Parenteau with 2:31 remaining.

Colorado lost two players to injury Sunday – center Paul Stastny left in the first period with a foot injury and defenseman Ryan Wilson departed in the second period when he aggravated an ankle injury.

The Avalanche will now travel to Canada to play the Calgary Flames on Wednesday before taking on the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:18VAN PPG - Jason Garrison (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (21) 1 - 0 VAN
09:18COL Jamie McGinn (5) ASST: PA Parenteau (17), Ryan O'Reilly (7) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:13VAN Mason Raymond (9) ASST: Jordan Schroeder (6), Christopher Tanev (5) 2 - 1 VAN
14:29VAN Alexandre Burrows (8) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (3), Keith Ballard (2) 3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
17:29COL PPG - PA Parenteau (14) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (8), Matt Duchene (20) 3 - 2 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Mason Raymond
Mason Raymond
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:59
PA Parenteau
PA Parenteau
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:02
Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:27
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:07COL Shane O'Brien  Interference against  Keith Ballard
05:58COL Erik Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Gordon
2nd Period
04:59COL Matt Hunwick  Delay of game against  Alexandre Burrows
17:46VAN Cam Barker  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
3rd Period
03:09VAN Jason Garrison  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
08:40VAN Maxim Lapierre  Tripping against  Shane O'Brien
15:28VAN Andrew Alberts  Slashing against  PA Parenteau
16:18VAN Chris Higgins  Hooking against  Ryan O'Reilly
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/5
Faceoff Wins2533
Blocked Shots1018
Penalty Minutes106
2D. HamhuisD0003026:43
3K. BieksaD0003022:22
4K. BallardD0114012:48
5J. GarrisonD1004218:12
8C. TanevD0110019:33
14A. BurrowsR1012018:27
18C. BarkerD0002212:45
20C. HigginsL00-11220:25
21M. RaymondL1016015:59
22D. SedinL00-13017:58
25A. EbbettC0110014:43
29T. SestitoL000006:36
33H. SedinC01-11019:22
36J. HansenR0010017:07
40M. LapierreC0000210:52
41A. AlbertsD0010217:29
44A. GordonR000006:31
45J. SchroederC0111012:57
35C. Schneider2628.92960:00
4G. ZanonD0010017:57
5S. O'BrienD0002217:33
6E. JohnsonD00-14221:09
7J. MitchellC0000015:03
8J. HejdaD00-21018:34
9M. DucheneC0103024:14
11J. McGinnL1005020:43
12C. KobasewR00-13017:05
15P. ParenteauR1113024:02
22M. HunwickD0000219:30
23M. HejdukR0001014:59
26P. StastnyC000002:09
40M. OlverC000106:25
44R. WilsonD0002012:44
55C. McLeodL0001011:19
58P. BordeleauL00-1004:51
90R. O'ReillyC02-11025:12
92G. LandeskogL00-11023:00
35J. Giguere2730.90059:12