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Avs Comeback Falls Short As Canucks Take 3-2 Win

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 9:15 PM

Rick Sadowski | NHL.com

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Avs Comeback Falls Short As Canucks Take 3-2 Win
Vancouver Canucks 3, Colorado Avalanche 2
Three Stars of the Game
Mason Raymond
1st
Mason Raymond
G: 1Shots: 6
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:59
PA Parenteau
2nd
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
RW
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 24:02
Alexandre Burrows
3rd
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:27

DENVER – Despite a rash of injuries to their stable of forwards, the Vancouver Canucks have managed to stay in the hunt for a fifth consecutive Northwest Division title.

The Canucks moved back into the top spot Sunday with a 3-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. They now have 40 points, two more than the second-place Minnesota Wild, who have played two fewer games.

Dale Weise became the fifth current Vancouver forward to be sidelined by an injury when he hurt his shoulder Saturday in a 1-0 win in Los Angeles, but the Canucks still had enough offense to knock off the Avalanche.

Jason Garrison, Mason Raymond and Alex Burrows scored goals to support goalie Cory Schneider, who stopped 26 shots for his fourth consecutive win. Schneider has held opponents to five goals in the streak.

Raymond and Burrows scored in the second period when the Canucks grabbed a 3-1 lead. Raymond beat Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere at 3:13 to break a 1-1 tie with a shot from just outside the left circle. Burrows skated down the right circle to convert Andrew Ebbett's pass at 14:29.

Garrison opened the scoring for the Canucks with a power-play goal at 5:18 of the first period and Jamie McGinn answered for the Avalanche at 9:18 off a cross-ice pass from PA Parenteau on a 2-on-1 rush.

The Canucks were shorthanded four times in the third period and gave up a power-play goal to Parenteau with 2:31 remaining.

Colorado lost two players to injury Sunday – center Paul Stastny left in the first period with a foot injury and defenseman Ryan Wilson departed in the second period when he aggravated an ankle injury.

The Avalanche will now travel to Canada to play the Calgary Flames on Wednesday before taking on the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:18
VAN
PPG - Jason Garrison (5) ASST: Henrik Sedin (21)
1 - 0 VAN
09:18
COL
Jamie McGinn (5) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (17), Ryan O'Reilly (7)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
03:13
VAN
Mason Raymond (9) ASST: Jordan Schroeder (6), Christopher Tanev (5)
2 - 1 VAN
14:29
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (8) ASST: Andrew Ebbett (3), Keith Ballard (2)
3 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
17:29
COL
PPG - Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (14) ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (8), Matt Duchene (20)
3 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
05:07
COL
Shane O'Brien  Interference against  Keith Ballard
05:58
COL
Erik Johnson  Hi-sticking against  Andrew Gordon
2nd Period
04:59
COL
Matt Hunwick  Delay of game against  Alexandre Burrows
17:46
VAN
Cam Barker  Slashing against  Matt Duchene
3rd Period
03:09
VAN
Jason Garrison  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
08:40
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Tripping against  Shane O'Brien
15:28
VAN
Andrew Alberts  Slashing against  Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau
16:18
VAN
Chris Higgins  Hooking against  Ryan O'Reilly
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
10-5-3
SA: 28TOI: 60:00
Saves: 26EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
SA: 30TOI: 59:12
Saves: 27EV: 25 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
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