|VAN||0||1||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|COL||0||1||2||(0 - 0)||3|
DENVER (AP) -Cody McCormick and Andrew Brunette scored in a 1:34 span of the third period and Peter Budaj made 21 saves to help the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Sunday night.
The Avalanche, 5-0-1 in its last six games, moved into a tie for first place with the Canucks in the Northwest Division.
With the game tied 1-1, Ben Guite and Henrik Sedin battled for the puck on the left boards. Sedin got the puck, but McCormick took it off his stick and fired a shot past Roberto Luongo for the deciding goal with 9:10 left in the game.
Less than 2 minutes later with Vancouver short-handed, Brunette gave Colorado some breathing room with his sixth goal of the season.
Luongo made 29 saves in his first regulation loss since a 2-1 setback at Minnesota on Dec. 2.
The Avalanche got on the board first when Marek Svatos knocked in Jaroslav Hlinka's rebound 3:29 into the second period. Hlinka's rebound came to the charging Svatos, who directed it past Luongo with the heel of his stick while Sami Salo was draped on his back.
The Canucks tied it on a power play just over three minutes later when Taylor Pyatt backhanded Byron Ritchie's rebound over Budaj's left shoulder.
Ryan Kesler nearly gave the Canucks a lead 90 seconds later, but his wraparound shot skidded past the front of the Colorado net.
Vancouver put pressure on the Avalanche at the end of the second period. Alexander Edler hit the right post with a slap shot from the point, and Budaj had to make several saves to keep the game tied heading into the third.
Neither team had many quality chances in the penalty-filled first period. Both teams were whistled for three minors, including two Avalanche penalties that carried over to the second. Luongo stopped 11 shots and Budaj five in a scoreless first.
Notes: Avalanche C Joe Sakic missed his 12th straight game because of a groin injury. ... Colorado coach Joel Quenneville said F Ryan Smyth (neck) is progressing and could play Thursday night against Detroit. ... Colorado dressed five players who started the season in the American Hockey League.
|Marek Svatos (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Jaroslav Hlinka (8)|
1 - 0 COL
|PPG - Taylor Pyatt (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Byron Ritchie (3), Mason Raymond (4)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Cody McCormick (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ben Guite (7), Ian Laperriere (6)|
2 - 1 COL
|PPG - Andrew Brunette (6) Backhand shot - ASST: John-Michael Liles (13), Marek Svatos (2)|
3 - 1 COL
|Aaron Miller Holding against Ben Guite|
|Andrew Brunette Too many men/ice - bench|
|Markus Naslund Hooking against Brett Clark|
|Alexander Edler Tripping against Jaroslav Hlinka|
|Wojtek Wolski Holding against Willie Mitchell|
|Scott Hannan Holding against Mason Raymond|
|Paul Stastny Hooking against Alexandre Burrows|
|Taylor Pyatt Tripping against Kyle Cumiskey|
|Alexandre Burrows Roughing against Paul Stastny|
|Paul Stastny Roughing against Alexandre Burrows|
|Mike Weaver Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Marek Svatos Tripping against Alexandre Burrows|
|SA: 32||TOI: 59:37|
|Saves: 29||EV: 25 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 4|
|SV%: .906||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 22||TOI: 59:38|
|Saves: 21||EV: 14 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 8|
|SV%: .955||SH: 0 - 0|