Canucks score four in third in win vs. Avalanche

Rick Sadowski | | Wednesday, 11.05.2014 / 12:38 AM

DENVER -- The Vancouver Canucks rallied for four goals in the third period Tuesday to defeat the struggling Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at Pepsi Center.

Derek Dorsett and Nick Bonino scored on consecutive shots 2:20 apart early in the third to give the Canucks a 3-2 lead, their first of the game.

Bonino and Shawn Matthias added goals 3:54 apart to put the game away. Bonino beat Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov from a sharp angle at 9:16 for his team-leading sixth goal and Matthias scored his first of the season at 13:10 off a turnover.

Dorsett scored his second of the season on the Canucks' first shot of the period at 2:27. Dan Hamhuis took a shot from the left point that Dorsett tipped into the net to tie the game.

Bonino had an easy tap-in at 4:47. He eluded Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly in the slot and knocked the puck in after taking a pass from Chris Higgins.

The Canucks' comeback began when Henrik Sedin scored with four seconds remaining in the second period, cutting the Avalanche lead to 2-1. Daniel Sedin got the puck to Henrik Sedin, who had inside position on Avalanche center John Mitchell when he slipped the puck into a half-open net for his fifth goal.

The Canucks outshot the Avalanche 16-8 in the period and owned a 27-15 advantage through 40 minutes.

Both teams failed to capitalize on two power plays in the period. Varlamov made a pad stop against Shawn Matthias on a clean breakaway at 16:41 shortly after the Canucks killed off a Kevin Bieksa cross-checking penalty.

The Avalanche took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Mitchell and Jamie McGinn.

Mitchell scored on the first shot of the game for his second goal of the season and first in nine games. Alex Tanguay passed to Mitchell, whose shot from the top of the faceoff circles beat Canucks goalie Ryan Miller to the glove side at 1:15.

McGinn scored his fourth goal at 16:33 off a pass from Jarome Iginla, who retrieved the puck behind the net. Iginla fed McGinn at the edge of the crease near the right post.

The Canucks limited the Avalanche to two shots on goal while killing off a double-minor to Bieksa for high-sticking Dennis Everberg. Bieksa missed most of the game against the Nashville Predators on Sunday after he was hit in the eye with a puck. He wore a visor in the morning skate but didn't put it on for the game.

Avalanche defenseman Brad Stuart sustained a leg injury in the second period and didn't return.

The Canucks have killed 18 of 19 penalties over the past six games; the Avalanche have killed 29 penalties in a row in a seven-game stretch.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:15COL John Mitchell (2) ASST: Alex Tanguay (3), Dennis Everberg (1) 1 - 0 COL
16:33COL Jamie McGinn (4) ASST: Jarome Iginla (7), Erik Johnson (7) 2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
19:56VAN Henrik Sedin (5) ASST: Daniel Sedin (10), Alexander Edler (4) 2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
02:27VAN Derek Dorsett (2) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (4), Zack Kassian (2) 2 - 2 Tie
04:47VAN Nick Bonino (5) ASST: Chris Higgins (6), Linden Vey (3) 3 - 2 VAN
09:16VAN Nick Bonino (6) ASST: Chris Higgins (7), Jannik Hansen (1) 4 - 2 VAN
13:10VAN Shawn Matthias (1) ASST: NONE 5 - 2 VAN
Three Stars of the Game
Nick Bonino
Nick Bonino
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:09
Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 2Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 16:36
John Mitchell
John Mitchell
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 12:04
Penalty Summary
1st Period
03:27COL Marc-Andre Cliche  Hi-sticking against  Dan Hamhuis
07:55VAN Kevin Bieksa  Hi stick - double minor against  Dennis Everberg
2nd Period
02:28COL Nick Holden  Interference against  Linden Vey
07:06COL Nick Holden  Tripping against  Zack Kassian
09:20VAN Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Gabriel Landeskog
14:18VAN Kevin Bieksa  Cross checking against  Matt Duchene
3rd Period
10:17COL Nathan MacKinnon  Holding against  Ryan Stanton
18:05VAN Kevin Bieksa  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/40/5
Faceoff Wins2929
Blocked Shots1224
Penalty Minutes108
2D. HamhuisD0101220:30
3K. BieksaD0022820:09
6Y. WeberD0000014:10
7L. VeyR0120012:20
8C. TanevD0020020:12
9Z. KassianR010209:35
13N. BoninoC2025016:09
15B. RichardsonR00-10012:58
17R. VrbataR0005020:43
18R. StantonD0001016:52
20C. HigginsL0221016:36
22D. SedinL0114019:50
23A. EdlerD0123023:46
27S. MatthiasC10-13013:53
33H. SedinC1011021:05
36J. HansenR0116013:39
51D. DorsettR101208:52
53B. HorvatC001108:52
30R. Miller2022.90959:54
2N. HoldenD00-21424:13
4T. BarrieD00-31016:44
5N. GueninD00-10018:30
6E. JohnsonD0111024:36
7J. MitchellC1002012:04
8J. HejdaD00-10022:14
9M. DucheneC0001017:56
11J. McGinnL10-14015:11
12J. IginlaR01-20017:02
17B. StuartD0000010:19
24M. ClicheC00-1127:56
25M. TalbotC00-1009:38
29N. MacKinnonC00-14218:38
40A. TanguayL0100017:52
45D. EverbergR0101012:03
55C. McLeodL00-1008:02
90R. O'ReillyC00-11017:53
92G. LandeskogL00-15021:09
1S. Varlamov3237.86560:00