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Canucks 4, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 4, Avalanche 2
Colorado Avalanche 2, Vancouver Canucks 4

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Kyle Wellwood, Alex Burrows and Taylor Pyatt scored on a power play, short-handed and at even strength in the first period and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Sunday night.

Roberto Luongo overcame a bad goal early in the third period and finished with 18 saves to help Vancouver match a franchise record with nine straight home wins. Vancouver also won nine in a row at home in 1992.

Ryan Kesler had three assists, and Alex Edler added a power-play goal with 1:13 left as Vancouver ended an eight-game (0-5-3), 16-month losing skid against Colorado.

Ryan Smyth and Darcy Tucker scored for Colorado.

The Canucks, celebrating their 250th straight sellout crowd, lost nine straight home games from Dec. 30 - Jan. 31, but haven't lost at GM Place since. They are 14-3-1 overall since snapping that skid, moving up to fifth place in the tight Western Conference, and now trail slumping Chicago by two points in the race for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

With three more meetings in the final month of the season, finally being able to beat the Avalanche could have a significant effect on where the Canucks finish.

Colorado was coming off consecutive wins against Minnesota and Edmonton that hurt both teams' playoff hopes and moved the Avs out of last place.

Wellwood opened the scoring with a power-play deflection 2:50 in, his second goal in three games after going 21 without scoring.

Burrows doubled the lead less than 5 minutes later with a brilliant short-handed effort. After Burrows hit the post on a breakaway from just inside the blue line, Kesler stole the puck before Colorado's power-play unit could get back out of its own end and fed Burrows for a quick shot. Andrew Raycroft slid across and stacked the pads to stop him, but Burrows was alone with plenty of time to deposit the rebound into an empty net for his seventh goal in seven games.

Pyatt made it 3-0 just two seconds after another Colorado penalty expired, but Colorado got that back on Smyth s power-play deflection - and 25th goal of the season - early in the second period.

Tucker celebrated his 34th birthday with a gift from Luongo 14 seconds into the third. The goalie fumbled a dump in behind his own net and Tucker banked a shot from behind the net in off Luongo as he scrambled to get back in goal.

Luongo redeemed himself with a great glove stop on Paul Stastny during a power play a minute later, and got lucky when a pair of Colorado players missed open nets.

The Avalanche lost defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist when he was hit near the right eye by a Canucks slap shot midway through the second period. Tjarnqvist was escorted immediately to the locker room, leaving a trail of blood on the ice as he was helped off, and did not return to the game.

Raycroft, starting for the first time in five games after Peter Budaj won three of the last four games, finished with 19 saves.

Notes: D Lawrence Nycholat, claimed from the Canucks off waivers by Calgary and then dealt to Colorado at the trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Jordan Leopold back to the Flames, played his second game with the Avalanche after being a healthy scratch the first four. ... Veteran Colorado D Adam Foote missed a second straight game with a head injury sustained when Minnesota agitator Cal Clutterbuck hit him Thursday. Forward Cody McCormick also missed the second game of a two-game suspension for coming to Foote's defense and cross-checking Clutterbuck.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Kyle Wellwood (16) ASST: Ryan Kesler (26), Pavol Demitra (27)
1 - 0 VAN
SHG - Alexandre Burrows (22) ASST: Ryan Kesler (27)
2 - 0 VAN
Taylor Pyatt (9) ASST: Alexandre Burrows (18), Ryan Johnson (5)
3 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
PPG - Ryan Smyth (25) ASST: Ruslan Salei (17), John-Michael Liles (25)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
Darcy Tucker (8) ASST: Scott Hannan (8), John-Michael Liles (26)
3 - 2 VAN
PPG - Alexander Edler (9) ASST: Ryan Kesler (28), Mattias Ohlund (18)
4 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
Milan Hejduk  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Ryan Smyth
Alexander Edler  Boarding against  Chris Stewart
Chris Stewart  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
2nd Period
Alexander Edler  Interference against  Wojtek Wolski
Mattias Ohlund  Cross checking against  Darcy Tucker
Brian Willsie  Tripping against  Daniel Sedin
Henrik Sedin  Tripping against  Paul Stastny
3rd Period
Alexander Edler  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
Ben Guite  Hi-sticking against  Kevin Bieksa
Ruslan Salei  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Ruslan Salei
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Ruslan Salei
goalie stats
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 23TOI: 59:01
Saves: 19EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .826SH: 2 - 3
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 20TOI: 59:51
Saves: 18EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
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