The Vancouver Canucks ended their four game road trip with a visit to the Pepsi Center to take on the Colorado Avalanche. The Canucks have won the last eight games against the Avalanche and blanked them 3-0 in Vancouver on January 30th. Hot off shutting out the Stanley Cup Champions, Cory Schneider once again started in net for Vancouver.
Vancouver’s ailing power play got them off to the perfect start with a goal from Alexandre Burrows 5:18 into the first period. For the eighth straight time Vancouver scored the games opening goal. With a side severely depleted by injuries and looking to move into sole position of the North West division and into the third seed in the West. But unfortunately for Vancouver they conceded the equaliser just minutes later only on Colorado’s third shot of the game. After only having 13 shots on net in the entire game on Saturday, the Canucks had matched that by the end of the first stanza.
The second period was all about Vancouver, 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.
The Canucks were shorthanded four times in the third period and gave up a power-play goal to Parenteau with 2:31 remaining. They held on to take back the lead of the North West division and record their fourth straight win.