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Colorado Avalanche 4, Vancouver Canucks 6 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:22 AM

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Colorado Avalanche 4, Vancouver Canucks 6 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 4, Vancouver Canucks 6

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - After giving up three-goal leads twice already this season, the Colorado Avalanche nearly came back from a four-goal deficit against the Vancouver Canucks.

Colorado scored three times in the final 3 minutes to pull within one goal before Trevor Linden got an empty-netter to seal Vancouver's 6-4 Saturday night.

``It's been amazing some of the games we've been involved in, it's never over,'' said Colorado coach Joel Quenneville, who has seen his team lose four of its last five games.

Daniel Sedin's second goal of the game gave Vancouver a 5-1 lead with 7 minutes left, but Brad May and Patrice Brisebois scored 17 seconds apart, and Alex Tanguay added a power-play goal with 1:45 left to close the gap to 5-4.

Antti Laaksonen also scored for Colorado, playing for the second straight night.

``It was dumb on our part,'' the Canucks' Todd Bertuzzi said of the late meltdown. ``We fell asleep on the bench and they got a couple of chances and capitalized and that's something we've got to address.''

Bryan Allen, Ed Jovanovski and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks, who swept their four-game homestand. Vancouver scored twice on the power play and two more times within seconds of a man advantage expiring to extend their winning streak to five games.

``Although we had a couple of warts on it at the end, we got two huge points that will go a long way towards us being a top team,'' said coach Marc Crawford, whose Canucks are 7-1-1 and one point behind Detroit for first overall in the NHL.

It was the teams' first meeting since Bertuzzi's on-ice attack on then-Avalanche forward Steve Moore on March 8, 2004. But with Colin Campbell, the NHL's executive vice-president and chief disciplinarian, in attendance there was little sign of the long-standing bad blood between the Northwest Division rivals.

``I thought it was great hockey game,'' Quenneville said of the fast-paced contest. ``The fans got to see a special game with unbelievabvle chances at both ends.''

Bertuzzi, who was suspended 17 months by the NHL and received one-year probation and community service after pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm for the blindside punch to Moore's head, had an assist.

Moore suffered broken bones in his neck from the attack and a concussion that has prevented the unrestricted free agent from resuming his career.

Asked if he was glad to have his first game against Colorado over, Bertuzzi, who has carefully avoided the subject since the season started, said: ``No, I could have played a couple more periods.''

Vancouver plays consecutive games in Colorado next week and the teams meet three more times before the end of November.

Colorado outshot the Canucks 32-23, but Dan Cloutier was sharp early, especially when the Avalanche got the first three power plays of the game. He robbed Colorado captain Joe Sakic twice in close off rebounds and the Canucks responded by opening the scoring shortly after their first man-advantage expired late in the period.

Former Canucks forward Brad May had just stepped out of the box when Allen beat rookie goalie Peter Budaj cleanly with a wrist shot from the right faceoff dot.

Jovanovski doubled the lead on another power play just over 2 minutes later when he knocked his own rebound out of the air and sent the puck fluttering over Budaj, who was down after a good save on the original deflection.

Laaksonen put the Avalanche on the board early with a wraparound after Mattias Ohlund gave the puck up behind his own net, but Sedin restored the two-goal cushion with a nifty power-play deflection of twin brother Henrik's slap pass from the left boards.

Morrison made it 4-1 on a rebound and Daniel Sedin added his second on a give-and-go with his brother just as another power play expired.

``The game was over,'' said Daniel. ``It shouldn't be a game after that, but we let them in the game and fortunately we came out of it with a win.''

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scoring summary
1st Period
16:36
VAN
Bryan Allen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Ed Jovanovski (8), Trevor Linden (1)
1 - 0 VAN
18:43
VAN
PPG - Ed Jovanovski (2) Backhand shot - ASST: Markus Naslund (5), Brendan Morrison (5)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
05:13
COL
Antti Laaksonen (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Andrew Brunette (3)
2 - 1 VAN
16:40
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (3) Tip-in - ASST: Henrik Sedin (6), Anson Carter (2)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
05:54
VAN
Brendan Morrison (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Todd Bertuzzi (5), Markus Naslund (6)
4 - 1 VAN
13:00
VAN
Daniel Sedin (4) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Sedin (7), Nolan Baumgartner (4)
5 - 1 VAN
17:01
COL
Brad May (1) Backhand shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (7)
5 - 2 VAN
17:18
COL
Patrice Brisebois (4) Snap shot - ASST: Milan Hejduk (2), Joe Sakic (5)
5 - 3 VAN
18:40
COL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Rob Blake (7), Joe Sakic (6)
5 - 4 VAN
19:52
VAN
EN - Trevor Linden (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (6)
6 - 4 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:27
VAN
Lee Goren  Interference on goalkeeper
07:40
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Charging
11:44
VAN
Lee Goren  Tripping
14:33
COL
Brad May  Hooking
17:54
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Holding
19:14
COL
Brad May  Hooking
20:00
COL
Rob Blake  Holding
2nd Period
15:41
COL
Ossi Vaananen  Boarding
17:09
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Tripping
17:46
COL
John-Michael Liles  Tripping
3rd Period
02:57
COL
Brett McLean  Interference on goalkeeper
07:41
VAN
Sami Salo  Hooking
10:59
COL
Brett Clark  Tripping
14:12
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Hooking
18:23
VAN
Sami Salo  Hooking
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 22TOI: 58:31
Saves: 17EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .773SH: 2 - 2
Dan Cloutier
Dan Cloutier
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
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