The Vancouver Canucks won their fourth straight game Sunday night in Colorado beating the Avalanche 3-2 to closeout a three-game road trip a perfect 3-0-0.
It was a quick turnaround for the Canucks, who played Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, so scoring the first goal was key and it came off the stick of Jason Garrison, on the power play, 5:18 into the first period.
The Avalanche tied the game at 1-1 later in the first, but that's all the offence Colorado would muster until late in the third period; in between Avalanche goals Mason Raymond and Alex Burrows scored their ninth and eighth goals of the season to put the Canucks up 3-1 in the second period.
In the dying moments of the third period Colorado snuck its second goal past Cory Schneider, who was otherwise brilliant making 26 saves; a frantic final few minutes had the Avalanche testing Schneider left and right, but he was up to the test winning his fourth straight start.
Vancouver hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at Rogers Arena.
AND ANOTHER THING...
The season is two-thirds over, only 16 games remain this year. Just win baby.
Tweet of the Afternoon - "#Canucks win 3-2. That's 4 Ws in a row. I prefer this streak to the L streak.... like WAY better." - @BBonCanucks. Yes, all is again well in the land of the Canucks. Winning.
This and that - Jason Garrison's first period goal was originally awarded to Alex Burrows before being returned to Garrison; Vancouver has opened the scoring in seven straight games; Canucks are 12-1-2 when leading after 40 minutes; Burrows' second period goal came on his 100th shot of the season.
Nifty numbers - 10: straight wins for the Canucks against the Avalanche; 4: Vancouver wins when playing on zero days rest (4-1-2); 413: all-time wins for coach Alain Vigneault, tying him with Jack Adams on the all-time coaching win's list.
Everyday we're still shufflin' shufflin' - Dale Weise suffered an injury late in Los Angeles and was unable to play Sunday in Colorado, which meant Keith Ballard moved up to play a forward role for the second time in three games. Cam Barker also slotted in on defence, while Alex Edler served the second of his two-game suspension.