The Vancouver Canucks for the second time this week took on the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena, Thursday evening. Riding high on a five game winning streak the Canucks kept up their hopes of the North West Division title. For the first time since the 2007-08 season the Canucks are feeling the heat from a hot Minnesota Wild side who are serious contenders for the division title. Cory Schneider once again started in net for the Canucks.
Moved back to the No. 1 unit after a couple of games on the third line, Alexandre Burrows scored the opening goal early and set up Daniel Sedin‘s game-winner with 8:28 left to lead Vancouver to a 4-1 victory. Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins added empty-net goals, which helped the Canucks improve to a 18-0-2 record against the Avalanche over the past three-and-a-half years.
Burrows opened the scoring after some pretty passing from the Sedins. A point shot from Hamhuis was blocked in the high slot, but bounced to Daniel. He spun into a blind backhand pass across the ice to Henrik, who one-touched it back the other way, stranding Varlamov and leaving Burrows with an empty net.
Colorado recorded the final 10 shots of the period, and if not for a handful of point-blank saves by Schneider, the Avalanche would have been ahead after 20 minutes.
Instead it took until the third period for the Avalanche to get even. PA Parenteau won a battle with two Canucks behind the net and centered to Duchene in the slot for a one-timer that went in off Schneider’s left shoulder. Duchene, who was highly critical of his team’s start in Calgary, pumped his fists aggressively as he celebrated his first goal in seven games.
Colorado had a great chance to defeat Vancouver in regulation for the first time in a long time on the power play a few minutes later. But Schneider turned aside Erik Johnson alone in the slot, and Daniel Sedin restored the lead two minutes later, giving the Canucks 10 straight wins over the Avalanche.