Game 32: Santo Delivers
Mike Santorelli scored twice and added an assist for his first career three-point game to help lift the Canucks past the Avs by a final score of 3-1 at Rogers Arena.
The win extended the Canucks' win streak to four games and improved their overall season to record to 17-10-5. They have yet to lose in the month of December and are off to a 2-0-0 start on their current five-game home stand.
Santorelli opened the scoring just over five minutes into the contest taking a feed from Chris Higgins beating Avs' netminder J.S. Giguere with a nifty backhand deke at the top of the crease.
After setting up Ryan Kesler to double the Canucks' lead just 1:32 into the third period, Santorelli capped his second multi-goal performance of the season less than six minutes later by beating Giguere blocker side on a 2-on-1 rush with Higgins.
While Santorelli was the offensive hero on this night, Roberto Luongo was clearly the top dog on the defensive side helping the Canucks hold on to their slim one-goal lead through the better part of two periods before Vancouver managed to stretch their lead to a comfortable margin.
Luongo stopped 28 of 29 shots in the victory despite having his bid for his third shutout of the season snapped with 7.1 seconds remaining in the contest by Jamie McGinn.
Giguere stopped 18 of 21 shots in the loss for the Avs.
The Canucks are back in action tomorrow night when they host Manny Malhotra and the Carolina Hurricanes.
AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR: Mike Santorelli went into Sunday's game without a point in four career games against the Avalanche before his career-high three-point performance. There are now just four teams left on Santorelli's list of clubs he has yet to record a point against: Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton and Pittsburgh.
GOING STREAKING: The Canucks saw their streak of power play goals in seven consecutive games come to an end on Sunday. They finished the night 0-for-3 on the man-advantage with three shots... Jason Garrison managed to quietly extend his point streak to four games equaling a personal career-high he set earlier this season when he notched points in his first four games... The Canucks have won nine in a row against the Avs at Rogers Arena in head-to-head meetings.
THE JIG IS UP: Avs netminder J.S. Giguere set a new franchise record this season by recording the longest win streak to start a season at seven games. He would not be able to extend that franchise-high streak to eight games. The streak is somewhat controversial, though, and should have ended in five games. Giguere was briefly pulled in the middle of a start on November 14 in St. Louis – a game the Avs ended up losing 7-3 – and Semyon Varlamov took the loss for him on that night as the latter happened to give up the goal that turned out to be the eventual game-winner.