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Avalanche 3, Canucks 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM
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Avalanche 3, Canucks 0
Vancouver Canucks 0, Colorado Avalanche 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.”

Three Stars
Craig Anderson

Anderson stopped all 35 shots he faced for his first shutout since December 11, 2008 as a member of the Florida Panthers.
35 Saves, 0 GA

Paul Stastny

Stastny picked up an assist on the game-winner before adding an insurance goal in the second period.
1G 1A +1

Matt Duchene

The 18-year-old rookie was arguably the best player on the ice producing countless scoring chances for the Avalanche.
0G 0A 0P

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.


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scoring summary
1st Period
14:52
COL
Wojtek Wolski (3) ASST: Paul Stastny (3), Milan Hejduk (2)
1 - 0 COL
2nd Period
15:16
COL
PPG - Paul Stastny (1) ASST: Milan Hejduk (3), Kyle Quincey (2)
2 - 0 COL
3rd Period
05:23
COL
PPG - Darcy Tucker (2) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (1), Brett Clark (2)
3 - 0 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:07
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
16:09
COL
Darcy Tucker  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
16:09
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Darcy Tucker
2nd Period
05:06
COL
Kyle Quincey  Interference against  Alexandre Burrows
09:44
VAN
Alexander Edler  Hooking against  Matt Duchene
12:22
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Interference against  Kyle Quincey
15:10
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Ryan O'Reilly
16:19
COL
Adam Foote  Tripping against  Sergei Shirokov
19:55
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Milan Hejduk
3rd Period
03:59
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Holding against  Milan Hejduk
12:07
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Elbowing against  Matt Hendricks
19:47
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting against  Willie Mitchell
19:47
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Fighting against  Cody McLeod
20:00
COL
Darcy Tucker  Fighting against  Kevin Bieksa
20:00
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting against  Darcy Tucker
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 27TOI: 59:56
Saves: 24EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
2-0-0
SA: 35TOI: 59:44
Saves: 35EV: 27 - 27
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1