Sedin scores in 3rd to lead Canucks over Avs 4-1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) A conversation between the players on the Vancouver Canucks' top line helped them find their scoring touch.
The line of twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin and Alex Burrows struggled to put up points during the first five games of the streak, combining for just two goals and three assists.
However, against Colorado they each had a goal and an assist, finally getting rewarded for hard work, and maybe a little added focus, thanks to a chat the three of them had before the game.
``We talked about how we wanted to play,'' Burrows said. ``The team puts a lot of emphasis on us to score some goals and bring some offense but if that's the only thing we think about we are not going to get there.
``We want to make sure we stay close together and make the other team play a 200-foot game against us. Sometimes if we are pressing too much the other team is going the other way and we are far apart and not supporting each other.''
The goal was Daniel Sedin's 10th of the year, after recording just one goal in his previous 13 games.
He also assisted on Burrows' first-period goal, putting him two points behind his team-leading brother at 30 points. Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins had empty-net goals.
``They've been playing well,'' Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault said of his top unit. ``They've been spending some time in the other team's end and they've been getting some chances. They weren't getting a lot of reward for their effort but tonight they did.''
Cory Schneider stopped 30 shots, moving Vancouver two points up on idle Minnesota in the Northwest Division.
Schneider has allowed just six goals during the winning streak, further entrenching his position as the team's No. 1 goaltender, ahead of Roberto Luongo who could be dealt before Wednesday's trade deadline.
Matt Duchene scored for Colorado, which has lost four in a row and is tied for the fewest points in the NHL. Varlamov made 16 saves as the Avalanche dropped to 2-12-3 on the road.
``If there was one positive to take out of the game is we didn't get down after they scored the first goal and they didn't take a 2-0 lead,'' said Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau. ``We stuck with it all game, we played really well throughout the course of the game here but at the end of the day its disappointing we didn't end up with the two points.''
Burrows opened the scoring for the Canuck at 4:27. Daniel Sedin made a no-look backhand pass to Henrik Sedin just outside the slot and the Canucks' captain found Burrows at the side of the net for an easy tap in, giving him nine goals on the year.
``We got the first goal a little too easy, made a lot of plays, thought the game was going to be easier than it was,'' Henrik Sedin said. ``They got a power play and took over the game, and momentum is hard to get back.''
Colorado outshot Vancouver 10-0 during a stretch after Burrows took a holding penalty midway through the first. The Avalanche had a 21-15 edge on shots through 40 minutes.
Schneider was up to the task, making numerous key saves, including two or three stops on Jamie McGinn on the power play. With 6 minutes to go in the first. Schneider made another good stop, coming across to rob Milan Hejduk's one-timer after Erik Johnson made a nice move to set him up in front of the Vancouver net.
``The first period we could have had two or three goals but their goalie played very well, Schneider was very good tonight,'' said Colorado head coach Joe Sacco.
Colorado tied the score 4 minutes into the third. Parenteau went behind the net and stripped two Canucks of the puck before centering for Duchesne in the slot. Though Schneider got a piece of the one-timer, it beat him glove side, giving Parenteau 13 goals on the year, and his first in seven games.
``Parenteau was in tight there and I may have committed a little too soon,'' said Schneider. ``If I recognized it was him, he's more of a passer, so perhaps should have kept my feet a little longer. But Duchene made a nice play, kind of curled it around the defenseman in the slot, got it up, and sort of nicked me and went in.''
Vancouver began to show some signs of life again after the Colorado goal and Daniel Sedin put the Canucks up for good with 8:28 to go.
Henrik Sedin and Higgins chipped in with empty-net goals 44 seconds apart.
Notes: Colorado was without Paul Stastny (foot), Steve Downie (knee) and Ryan Wilson (ankle). ... Vancouver was without Keith Ballard (foot), Zack Kassian (back), Ryan Kesler (broken foot) and David Booth (ankle surgery). ... Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly had a four-game point streak snapped.