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44-31-7
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39-33-10
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31 SOG
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game recap

Avalanche 3, Canucks 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 3, Canucks 2, SO
Colorado Avalanche 3, Vancouver Canucks 2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - With so much hype over the impending return Peter Forsberg, it's easy to forget the Colorado Avalanche already got a pretty good player back last week.

Joe Sakic reminded everyone on Wednesday night.

Playing his third game after missing 38 with a sports hernia, the Colorado captain scored the tying goal with 14.7 seconds left. He added another in the shootout, setting the stage for Marek Svatos' winning goal and lifting the Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

"Obviously Joe means everything to the organization, and having him return and have that jump and quickness he demonstrated over the last couple of games gets everybody excited around here," coach Joel Quenneville said. "He has upgraded our skill level and experience as well."

The Avalanche needed both after Alexandre Burrows scored on a wild scramble with 1:45 left to give the Canucks a 2-1 lead.

Sakic knocked in a rebound in the closing seconds after Jose Theodore was pulled for an extra attacker.

"It was scramble for sure," Sakic said of the final two minutes. "Unfortunately, we gave up the one goal and could have easily lost that game, so it was nice to get back rolling. Any time you can come from behind and find a way to get two points, it's a big lift for your hockey club."

Burrows dove to poke the puck in at the side of the net but it was swept out by teammate Henrik Sedin as bodies piled up in front of a sprawled Theodore. Play continued for more than 30 seconds, but a replay following the next whistle showed the puck barely crossed the goal line.

The time was put back on the clock, and Sakic needed it. He fought off the check of Willie Mitchell and lifted a backhand over Roberto Luongo as he fell.

 

"We had about six chances to get it out," said Luongo, who made 24 saves through overtime but only one in the shootout. "Either we shot it off our own guys or we didn't get it out. Next thing you know, a shot from the point and Sakic's alone on the side.

"I was able to get the first save and he chipped it over me for the second one. It's unacceptable, inexcusable. That should never happen, especially in an important game like that."

The point the Canucks got left them one ahead of the Avalanche, who moved into a tie with Nashville for eighth place in the Western Conference.

Mason Raymond scored the other goal for Vancouver, which had its season-high winning streak snapped at four. They have points in 10 of 11 (6-1-4) and have played two fewer games than Nashville and Colorado.

Andrew Brunette also scored and Theodore made 29 saves as Colorado completed its second third-period comeback in as many nights since bringing back free agent Forsberg and acquiring defensemen Adam Foote and Ruslan Salei in trades. Foote joined the team during the first period of Tuesday's overtime win in Calgary, and Salei made his debut in Vancouver, recording an assist on Sakic's tying goal.

Forsberg, who skated with the team for the first time Wednesday morning, said he isn't sure when he will make his on-ice return with the Avalanche.

"Every game we've injected a new player," said Quenneville, who has also gotten top forwards Paul Stastny (appendectomy) and Ryan Smyth (broken ankle) back in the past two weeks. "We've just got to keep building. Peter should be back soon and that should give us more life."

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
08:31
VAN
Mason Raymond (7) ASST: Ryan Shannon (6), Alexander Edler (10)
1 - 0 VAN
19:00
COL
Andrew Brunette (13) ASST: Marek Svatos (10), John-Michael Liles (24)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
18:15
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (9) ASST: Taylor Pyatt (17), Willie Mitchell (8)
2 - 1 VAN
19:45
COL
Joe Sakic (8) ASST: Ryan Smyth (19), Ruslan Salei (21)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDCOLVANTOTAL
1M. Hejduk
M. Raymond
0 - 0
2J. Sakic
R. Shannon
1 - 0
3M. Svatos
2 - 0
penalty summary
1st Period
03:54
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Interference against  Tyler Arnason
07:52
COL
Ian Laperriere  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
15:33
COL
Kurt Sauer  Holding against  Ryan Kesler
16:49
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Hooking against  Scott Hannan
19:40
COL
Cody McLeod  Hooking against  Mason Raymond
2nd Period
02:45
VAN
Sami Salo  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
04:40
VAN
Alexander Edler  Closing hand on puck
14:59
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Hooking against  Milan Hejduk
19:52
COL
Cody McLeod  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
3rd Period
02:18
COL
John-Michael Liles  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
07:18
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Holding against  Andrew Brunette
12:23
COL
Andrew Brunette  Hooking against  Markus Naslund
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Jose Theodore
SA: 31TOI: 63:58
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 26TOI: 64:42
Saves: 24EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .923SH: 1 - 1