|VAN||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|COL||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
DENVER (AP) – For the second consecutive game the Vancouver Canucks heavily outshot their opposition, but failed to convert enough scoring attempts for it to make a difference.
The Canucks hit Colorado Avalanche netminder Craig Anderson with 35 shots and he was up to the task stopping them all in a 3-0 Avalanche win Saturday afternoon.
It was Anderson's first shutout since beating Edmonton 2-0 on Dec. 11, 2008, when he was with Florida.
Paul Stastny and Wojtek Wolski had a goal and an assist each, Darcy Tucker also scored and Milan Hejduk had two assists for the Avalanche, which has won its first two games in the post-Joe Sakic era.
With the loss the Canucks fall to 0-2-0 to start the season, despite firing 77 shots towards opposing netminders through two games.
Vancouver has only three goals in two outings with is obviously a concern to Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.
“Right now we’ve got one line that’s generating in my mind offensively and that’s Henrik’s line, they had great opportunities, lots of shots,” said Vigneault, adding that Vancouver’s other three lines aren’t doing enough to be successful.
After giving up three goals on the first seven shots he faced Thursday night against the Calgary Flames, Roberto Luongo responded with a better effort stopping 24 shots.
Luongo has allowed seven goals in two games, but no one is pointing the finger at the Canucks captain for the team’s slow start.
“In tonight’s game, maybe he’s like the second goal back, but he didn’t have a tremendous amount of work, but he kept us in,” said Vigneault.
“I don’t think Lui is the problem right now, there’s other areas of our game that we need to get better at and we are going to get better at them.”
Wolski gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first period by finishing a nifty offensive display by his linemates. Hejduk got the puck at the blueline, fed it to Stastny who slid it across the crease to Wolski as he was getting checked. Wolski chipped the puck into the open net for his third goal of the season.
Anderson, who's stopped 73-of-75 shots in his first two games with Colorado, was strong throughout. He made a glove save on a blistering slapshot by Alexander Edler in the first period and poked the puck away from Daniel Sedin on a breakaway in the second.
After not generating a shot on their first two power plays, the Avs struck 10 seconds into their third opportunity. Hejduk sent a pass to the right of the net and Stastny redirected it over Luongo's left pad for his first goal of the year and fourth point.
Rookie Matt Duchene nearly made it 3-0 later in the second on a shorthanded chance, but Luongo made the save.
Colorado eventually took a 3-0 lead on Tucker's power-play goal with 14:37 left in the game, his second goal of the season.
The Canucks pressured the Avalanche after falling behind 3-0, but Anderson stood tall. In one sequence, he lost his stick midway through the third but made a kick save on a shot by Daniel Sedin. With 2:52 left, Mason Raymond tried to stuff the puck under Anderson but the goalie made the save to preserve the shutout.
NOTES: The Avalanche is 2-0-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. ... Colorado plays 11 of its next 13 games on the road. ... Vancouver was 0-for-3 on the power play.
|Wojtek Wolski (3) ASST: Paul Stastny (3), Milan Hejduk (2)|
1 - 0 COL
|PPG - Paul Stastny (1) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Kyle Quincey (2)|
2 - 0 COL
|PPG - Darcy Tucker (2) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (1), Brett Clark (2)|
3 - 0 COL
|Paul Stastny Hooking against Mason Raymond|
|Darcy Tucker Roughing against Kevin Bieksa|
|Kevin Bieksa Roughing against Darcy Tucker|
|Kyle Quincey Interference against Alexandre Burrows|
|Alexander Edler Hooking against Matt Duchene|
|Alexandre Burrows Interference against Kyle Quincey|
|Henrik Sedin Holding against Ryan O'Reilly|
|Adam Foote Tripping against Sergei Shirokov|
|Daniel Sedin Holding against Milan Hejduk|
|Ryan Kesler Holding against Milan Hejduk|
|Shane O'Brien Elbowing against Matt Hendricks|
|Cody McLeod Fighting against Willie Mitchell|
|Willie Mitchell Fighting against Cody McLeod|
|Darcy Tucker Fighting against Kevin Bieksa|
|Kevin Bieksa Fighting against Darcy Tucker|
|SA: 27||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 24||EV: 20 - 21|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 5|
|SV%: .889||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 35||TOI: 59:44|
|Saves: 35||EV: 27 - 27|
|PIM: 0||PP: 7 - 7|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 1 - 1|