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Canucks 8, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 8, Avalanche 2
Vancouver Canucks 8, Colorado Avalanche 2

DENVER (AP) -Henrik Sedin had his first NHL hat trick and Roberto Luongo stopped 32 shots, helping the Vancouver Canucks snap a three-game skid with an 8-2 rout of the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

Steve Bernier netted two goals and Mathieu Schneider, Jannik Hansen, and Tanner Glass also scored as the Canucks wrapped up a five-game road swing (2-3).

Marek Svatos broke up Luongo's shutout bid early in the third period when he knocked in a rebound for a power-play goal.

Luongo made his third appearance since coming back from a broken rib that sidelined him for about two weeks. He wasn't tested much until the third period when Colorado turned up the pressure.

Matt Hendricks added a goal for Colorado, which lost for the second straight time at home after winning six in a row.

Craig Anderson was replaced by Peter Budaj to start the third period after he allowed four goals on 22 shots. Budaj fared even worse, allowing four more on eight shots.

The Avalanche briefly climbed back into the game after Hendricks' goal cut the lead to 4-2. Any thoughts of a comeback were quickly ended by Bernier's goal.

Three Stars
Henrik Sedin

First career hat trick gives Hank 12 goals on the season and 23 points. On pace for a 48-goal season. His highest goal total ever is 22.
3G, 0A, 4 shots, +2, 4:44 on the PP

Ryan Johnson

Recorded three assists in just his fifth game back from a nasty concussion suffered against the Red Wings. He has four points in that span
0G, 1A, +3 rating, 56% in the faceoff circle

Roberto Luongo

His 32 saves don't tell teh full story. Colorado stormed back to make it 4-2 early in the third. Game would've been tied if it wasn't for Lui's magic between the pipes.
32 saves, 14 in the 3rd, 9:44 in SH

Sedin, Bernier and Glass scored in about a 7-minute window. Sedin's third goal of the game came on a power play and gave him his first hat trick in his 667th game.

The Avalanche unveiled a new look Saturday, donning royal blue sweaters. It was a departure from their predominantly burgundy outfits.

They needed to try something new.

Since a sizzling 10-1-2 start, the Avalanche have struggled. They are 2-4-1 over their last seven games.

Sedin sparked Vancouver early as he scored two of the team's three goals in the opening period. He poked in a puck that had trickled behind Anderson 1:57 in.

Later, Sedin lofted a shot over a sprawled-out Anderson on a goal made possible by the hustle and thievery of Mason Raymond.

Just out of the penalty box, Raymond flew after a puck deep in the Avalanche zone. He stole it off the stick of a surprised Anderson, then hit Sedin with a pass in front. Anderson couldn't scramble back in time as Sedin scored his 11th goal.

Hansen scored midway through the first period when Glass found him wide open in front.

Colorado's Tom Preissing made his season debut as he returned from a right knee injury. The defenseman missed the entire preseason after having a scope done on the knee. He recently completed a two-game conditioning assignment with Lake Erie of the AHL.

The 30-year-old Preissing was acquired, along with defenseman Kyle Quincey, in a deal that sent Ryan Smyth to the Los Angeles Kings in July.

NOTES: Sedin's twin brother, Daniel, missed his 17th game with a fractured foot. ... Avalanche F Milan Hejduk returned to the lineup after missing two games because of an aching back. ... Avalanche F Cody McLeod took a puck to the lip in the second period, but was back for his next shift. He missed six games after taking a stick to the eye earlier this season.


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scoring summary
1st Period
01:57
VAN
Henrik Sedin (10) Backhand shot - ASST: Ryan Kesler (14), Mason Raymond (3)
1 - 0 VAN
07:09
VAN
Henrik Sedin (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Mason Raymond (4), Ryan Johnson (2)
2 - 0 VAN
10:59
VAN
Jannik Hansen (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Tanner Glass (1), Ryan Johnson (3)
3 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
08:22
VAN
Mathieu Schneider (2) Slapshot - ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (7), Alexandre Burrows (8)
4 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
05:52
COL
PPG - Marek Svatos (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Kyle Quincey (10), Kyle Cumiskey (3)
4 - 1 VAN
10:52
COL
Matt Hendricks (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan O'Reilly (11), Adam Foote (3)
4 - 2 VAN
11:17
VAN
Steve Bernier (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Johnson (4), Jannik Hansen (1)
5 - 2 VAN
12:53
VAN
PPG - Henrik Sedin (12) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Edler (10), Mason Raymond (5)
6 - 2 VAN
17:36
VAN
Steve Bernier (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Matt Pettinger (1), Kevin Bieksa (9)
7 - 2 VAN
19:45
VAN
Tanner Glass (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mathieu Schneider (1), Kevin Bieksa (10)
8 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
04:57
VAN
Mason Raymond  Hooking against  Wojtek Wolski
12:14
COL
Kyle Quincey  Cross checking against  Henrik Sedin
15:13
COL
Kyle Quincey  Roughing against  Jannik Hansen
16:52
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson  Roughing against  Adam Foote
16:52
COL
Adam Foote  Roughing against  Mikael Samuelsson
2nd Period
00:51
VAN
Kyle Wellwood  Too many men/ice - bench
03:16
VAN
Mathieu Schneider  Hooking against  David Jones
10:20
COL
Kyle Quincey  Holding the stick against  Ryan Kesler
10:58
COL
Cody McLeod  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
18:27
VAN
Mathieu Schneider  Slashing against  Chris Stewart
20:00
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Darcy Tucker
20:00
COL
Darcy Tucker  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ryan Kesler
3rd Period
04:08
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Ryan O'Reilly
11:50
COL
Kyle Cumiskey  Hi-sticking against  Alexandre Burrows
15:28
COL
Adam Foote  Holding against  Ryan Kesler
18:04
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McLeod
18:04
COL
Cody McLeod  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
18:04
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Rick Rypien
18:04
VAN
Rick Rypien  Roughing against  Cody McLeod
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 1
Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
SA: 8TOI: 20:00
Saves: 4EV: 2 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 3
SV%: .500SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
11-5-3
SA: 22TOI: 39:57
Saves: 18EV: 12 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .818SH: 1 - 1