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Canucks-Avalanche Preview

Saturday, 10.29.2005 / 6:00 PM

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Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche

GAME: Vancouver Canucks (8-2-1) at Colorado Avalanche (5-4-1).

TIME: Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT.

If one round of booing Todd Bertuzzi wasn't enough, Colorado fans don't have to wait long for Round Two.

The Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche face off again Saturday night in the second of back-to-back meetings at the Pepsi Center.

Bertuzzi, who hit former Colorado forward Steve Moore from behind and broke his neck in a game March 8, 2004 in Vancouver, registered one assist in the Canucks' 6-2 loss to the Avs on Thursday.

The veteran winger was booed heavily in his first game at Colorado since the incident.

A judge earlier this month in Colorado threw out a lawsuit brought by Moore against Bertuzzi, stating the case would be better handled in Canada where the incident occurred.

After recording a season-high six shots on goal and a minus-2 player rating Thursday, Bertuzzi had little to say about his return to Denver.

"Read into it. You're pretty intelligent. It is what it is. What am I going to do about it?" he said.

Colorado defenseman Brad May, who played with Bertuzzi as a member of the Canucks during the 2003-04 season, felt some compassion for his former teammate.

"Hey, we play professional sports. There's so much emotion," May said. "This was a great place to be tonight as an athlete. Booing. Cheering. Sometimes it's bad, sometimes it's great."

Veteran Pierre Turgeon scored twice in the win and is coming up on a milestone.

Turgeon's next goal will be the 500th of his career, placing him in an elite group with 33 others who have reached that mark. His second tally Thursday moved him past Glenn Anderson into 34th place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list.

Hall of Famers Lanny McDonald (500) and Joe Mullen (502) are next in line.

Among active players, Turgeon ranks ninth in goals and seventh in points with 1,284. The 18-year veteran signed to a two-year, $3 million contract with Colorado in August.

The teams will meet five more times this season, including matchups Nov. 27 and Jan. 28 at the Pepsi Center.

STANDINGS: Canucks - 17 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Avalanche - 11 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - Markus Naslund, 7 goals and 13 points; Ed Jovanovski, 8 assists; Bertuzzi, 19 PIM. Avalanche - Marek Svatos and Patrice Brisebois, 5 goals; John-Michael Liles and Alex Tanguay, 9 assists; Liles, 13 points; Laperriere, 29 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Canucks - Power play: 16.6 percent (15 for 90), 18th in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.1 percent (48 for 63), 25th. Avalanche - Power play: 25 percent (17 for 68), 4th. Penalty killing: 87.1 percent (61 for 70), 6th.

GOALTENDERS: Canucks - Dan Cloutier (5-2-1, 0 SO, 3.49 GAA); Alex Auld (3-0-0, 0, 1.94). Avalanche - David Aebischer (4-3-0, 0, 3.31); Peter Budaj (1-1-1, 0, 2.95).

SEASON SERIES: 1-1.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 27; Avalanche, 6-2. At Denver, Hejduk scored his 200th career goal and Aebischer made 40 saves as Colorado scored three goals in both the first and second periods.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 3-2-1 on the road; Avalanche - 3-2-1 at home.

2005-2006 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 15 '06COL 3 at VAN 4 - OTB. Morrison
Jan 28 '06VAN 4 at COL 3 - SOJ. Ruutu
Nov 30 '05COL 2 at VAN 5B. Morrison
Nov 27 '05VAN 2 at COL 6J. Sakic
Nov 10 '05COL 5 at VAN 3A. Laaksonen
Oct 29 '05VAN 3 at COL 4 - OTI. Laperriere
Oct 27 '05VAN 2 at COL 6I. Laperriere
Oct 22 '05COL 4 at VAN 6D. Sedin
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