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Canucks 1, Avalanche 0, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 1, Avalanche 0, OT
Vancouver Canucks 1, Colorado Avalanche 0

DENVER (AP) -Henrik Sedin scored 40 seconds into overtime and Roberto Luongo stopped 22 shots for his second straight shutout, helping the Vancouver Canucks clinch the Northwest Division title with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.

By edging Calgary for first place, Vancouver's second division crown in three seasons, the Canucks also locked up the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs in their final game of the regular season. Vancouver (45-27-10) will enter the postseason on a three-game winning streak.

Sedin scored when his centering feed banked off the skate of Colorado defenseman Scott Hannan and slipped past Budaj. It was his 22nd goal of the season.

Colorado, which will wrap up the season Sunday at home against St. Louis, will finish last in the West for the first time since the team relocated to Denver from Quebec in 1995. The Avalanche has the third fewest points (69) in the NHL, sitting ahead of only the New York Islanders (61) and Tampa Bay (66).

Luongo, who blanked Los Angeles on Thursday, extended his own franchise record with his ninth shutout this season. He has 47 in his career, tying him with San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov for fourth among active players. New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur is first with 101.

Peter Budaj finished with 32 saves for Colorado.

The Canucks secured the division title once the game reached overtime. Had they lost in regulation, it would have set the stage for Calgary to win it with a victory over Edmonton on Saturday night. The Flames had a tiebreaker edge over the Canucks.

Vancouver dominated the opening period, outshooting the Avalanche 13-1 at one point, but had nothing to show for it as Budaj turned everything aside.

Ian Laperriere played in his 1,000th NHL game Saturday, becoming the second Avalanche player to attain that milestone this season. Adam Foote reached the mark on Oct. 12.

Laperriere made his debut on March 3, 1994, while with the St. Louis Blues. The gritty forward has played for four teams and has spent the past four seasons with the Avalanche.

Notes: Vancouver LW Taylor Pyatt missed a fifth straight game after his fiancee, Carly Bragnalo, was killed in a car crash while vacationing with family in Jamaica. Pyatt has been given an indefinite leave of absence. ... Colorado had 11 players missing from the lineup, including captain Joe Sakic. He announced Thursday that the strength in his left leg hasn't fully returned following January surgery to repair a herniated disk. It is unknown if he will return for a 21st season. ... The Canucks won their final game of the regular season on the road for the first time in seven years.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
00:40
VAN
Henrik Sedin (22) Backhand shot - ASST: Daniel Sedin (51), Willie Mitchell (20)
1 - 0 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
07:22
COL
Per Ledin  Too many men/ice - bench
2nd Period
04:01
COL
Per Ledin  Boarding against  Alexander Edler
14:59
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hi-sticking against  Darcy Tucker
17:16
VAN
Mats Sundin  Slashing against  Ray Macias
3rd Period
02:17
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Hooking against  Wojtek Wolski
02:17
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Diving against  Mattias Ohlund
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
33-13-7
SA: 22TOI: 60:40
Saves: 22EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 33TOI: 60:40
Saves: 32EV: 29 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .970SH: 0 - 0
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