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Colorado
Avalanche
40-22-13-7
Vancouver
Canucks
43-24-10-5

35 SOG
18 SOG
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COL
VAN
game recap

Colorado Avalanche 9, Vancouver Canucks 2 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Colorado Avalanche 9, Vancouver Canucks 2 FINAL
Colorado Avalanche 9, Vancouver Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore will miss the rest of the season with a broken neck after a hit by Vancouver's Todd Bertuzzi that prompted a police investigation.

Moore also sustained a concussion and deep facial cuts, the Avalanche said Tuesday. He will remain hospitalized in Vancouver indefinitely, Colorado trainer Pat Karns said.

Bertuzzi has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing at the NHL office in Toronto on Wednesday.

Moore was slugged in the side of the head by Bertuzzi late in Monday night's game, a 9-2 Colorado victory. Bertuzzi struck him from behind and drove his head into the ice. Moore landed face-first _ with Bertuzzi on top of him _ and lay in a pool of blood for several minutes before he was removed on a stretcher.

B.C. Solicitor General Rich Coleman and Vancouver police said Tuesday a preliminary investigation has begun.

This will be the second time in recent years Vancouver police have become involved in an on-ice hit at an NHL game. Former NHL tough guy Marty McSorley was charged for hitting then-Vancouver Canuck Donald Brashear with his stick in February 2000.

Vancouver players had vowed to get even with Moore for a Feb. 16 hit that knocked out star Markus Naslund for three games with a concussion. Nothing happened in last week's rematch in Denver, a 5-5 tie attended by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

The Avalanche said that when Moore's condition improves, he will be transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver and evaluated by neurosurgeons.

``Steve knows he has the support of the entire Avalanche family and hockey fans throughout the world, and we hope that he recovers as soon as possible,'' Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix said.

Vancouver general manager Brian Burke said Bertuzzi was ``too distraught'' to attend Tuesday's news conference, but the Canucks right wing tried to contact Moore at the hospital.

``That to me shows the sincerity more than any statement that we could issue,'' Burke said.

``He's remorseful, and relieved that Mr. Moore's injuries at this point appear, that a full recovery should be possible,'' Burke added.

The general manager said he'll attend the NHL hearing with Bertuzzi.

Bertuzzi, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder, was an All-Star last season when he was fifth in the league in scoring. This year, he was an All-Star again and has 60 points, 23rd in the league.

Moore is a checking forward on a team stacked with stars. The rookie center has four goals and seven assists this season.

McSorley, while with the Boston Bruins, drew a one-year suspension for using his stick to hit Brashear on the side of the head. Brashear was knocked unconscious and missed 20 games with a concussion.

McSorley was tried in court and received a conditional sentence for assault with a weapon, but his one-year suspension from the NHL ended his 17-year career.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:54
COL
Milan Hejduk (33) ASST: Joe Sakic (46)
1 - 0 COL
14:40
COL
Steve Konowalchuk (16) ASST: Dan Hinote (5), Riku Hahl (1)
2 - 0 COL
15:09
COL
Joe Sakic (30) ASST: NONE
3 - 0 COL
15:31
COL
Darby Hendrickson (2) ASST: Derek Morris (22)
4 - 0 COL
16:19
COL
Steve Moore (5) ASST: Peter Worrell (1)
5 - 0 COL
2nd Period
07:24
VAN
Brad May (4) ASST: Matt Cooke (6), Trevor Linden (18)
5 - 1 COL
08:16
VAN
Brad May (5) ASST: Brent Sopel (29), Trevor Linden (19)
5 - 2 COL
12:16
COL
PPG - Derek Morris (6) ASST: Joe Sakic (47), Paul Kariya (17)
6 - 2 COL
3rd Period
01:09
COL
SHG - Paul Kariya (9) ASST: NONE
7 - 2 COL
03:16
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (34) ASST: Joe Sakic (48), Karlis Skrastins (7)
8 - 2 COL
11:59
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (35) ASST: Alex Tanguay (53), John-Michael Liles (20)
9 - 2 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
06:33
COL
Peter Worrell  Fighting
06:33
VAN
Brad May  Fighting
06:36
COL
Steve Moore  Fighting
06:36
VAN
Matt Cooke  Fighting
10:08
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference
17:42
COL
Rob Blake  Fighting
17:42
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Fighting
18:03
VAN
Brad May  Fighting
18:03
COL
Peter Worrell  Fighting
18:45
VAN
Tyler Bouck  Hi-sticking
19:33
VAN
Johan Hedberg  Delay of game
2nd Period
08:16
VAN
Brad May  Misconduct
08:43
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Interference
10:51
VAN
Matt Cooke  Interference - Goalkeeper
11:07
VAN
Johan Hedberg  Delay of game
12:33
COL
Steve Konowalchuk  Hi-sticking
18:39
COL
Teemu Selanne  Too many men on the ice
3rd Period
00:36
COL
Andrei Nikolishin  Tripping
02:20
VAN
Brad May  Roughing
05:19
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Roughing
08:41
VAN
Johan Hedberg  Goalie leave crease
08:41
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Attempt to injure
08:41
VAN
Brad May  Game misconduct
08:41
VAN
Brad May  Game misconduct
08:41
VAN
Brad May  Fighting
08:41
COL
Kurt Sauer  Game misconduct
08:41
COL
Kurt Sauer  Fighting
11:20
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Holding
11:20
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Roughing
17:24
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Roughing
17:24
COL
Peter Worrell  Misconduct
17:24
COL
Peter Worrell  Unsportsmanlike conduct
17:24
COL
Peter Worrell  Spearing
17:24
COL
Peter Worrell  Spearing
17:24
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Misconduct
goalie stats
David Aebischer
SA: 18TOI: 60:00
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Johan Hedberg
SA: 25TOI: 44:26
Saves: 20EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 6PP: 11 - 14
SV%: .800SH: 1 - 2
Dan Cloutier
SA: 10TOI: 15:31
Saves: 6EV: 6 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .600SH: 0 - 0