|VAN||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|COL||0||0||1||(0 - 0)||1|
DENVER (AP) - Backup Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots, Ryan Kesler scored the first of three power-play goals and the Vancouver Canucks won their fifth straight, beating Colorado 3-1 Thursday night.
Henrik Sedin and Raffi Torres also scored on the power play for the Canucks, while Daniel Sedin added two assists.
David Van Der Gulik scored his first NHL goal late in the game, spoiling Schneider's bid for his first career shutout.
The Canucks gave starter Roberto Luongo the night off, starting Schneider for the first time in nearly two weeks. Schneider hardly looked rusty, shutting down the top-scoring team in the league to move to 3-0 this season.
Colorado came in averaging 3.46 goals a game, but couldn't generate many scoring chances on the Canucks.
Chris Stewart was bottled up most of the night, snapping his streak of at least a point in eight straight games. In that stretch, Stewart had eight goals and six assists.
Henrik Sedin scored an imaginative goal in the second period. Standing on the side of the net and with no angle, he banked the puck off the back of Budaj.
It was Sedin's second goal of the season and gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead, more than enough for Schneider. Torres added an insurance goal early in the third period by redirecting Aaron Rome's shot past a screened Budaj.
Vancouver started fast, scoring barely three minutes in when Kesler beat Budaj with a slap shot to the glove side. Kesler's fifth goal of the season was set up by the passing of the Daniel Sedin and Alexander Edler.
The pressure from the Canucks only intensified from there, forcing Avalanche coach Joe Sacco to burn his timeout early just to settle down his squad.
Budaj faced 18 shots in the opening period. He stonewalled a wide open Kesler moments before his goal.
Canucks forward Rick Rypien sat out the sixth and final game of a suspension for making contact with a fan during a game at Minnesota on Oct. 19. Rypien was headed to the locker room after being assessed a double minor for roughing and 10-minute misconduct when he reached up and grabbed a fan applauding at the railing.
He's scheduled to return Saturday night against the Detroit Red Wings.
Notes: Avalanche defensemen Kyle Cumiskey and Adam Foote were scratches with head injuries. Foote has missed the last five games. ... Colorado D Kevin Shattenkirk was recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut Thursday.
|PPG - Ryan Kesler (5) ASST: Daniel Sedin (6), Alexander Edler (8)|
1 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Henrik Sedin (2) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (5), Daniel Sedin (7)|
2 - 0 VAN
|PPG - Raffi Torres (7) ASST: Aaron Rome (1), Mason Raymond (4)|
3 - 0 VAN
|David Van Der Gulik (1) ASST: Cody McLeod (1), Philippe Dupuis (1)|
3 - 1 VAN
|Kyle Quincey Interference against Ryan Kesler|
|Cody McLeod Fighting against Guillaume Desbiens|
|Guillaume Desbiens Fighting against Cody McLeod|
|Mason Raymond Holding against Kevin Shattenkirk|
|Paul Stastny Hooking against Tanner Glass|
|Brandon Yip Cross checking against Jannik Hansen|
|Kevin Shattenkirk Delaying Game - Puck over glass|
|Kevin Bieksa Closing hand on puck|
|SA: 34||TOI: 59:52|
|Saves: 33||EV: 28 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 4|
|SV%: .971||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 36||TOI: 58:28|
|Saves: 33||EV: 30 - 30|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 5|
|SV%: .917||SH: 1 - 1|