For the Canucks, Saturday's game in Colorado was a demonstration in how not to start or finish a game as Vancouver gave up the opening goal and despite holding two separate one-goal leads, dropped a 4-3 decision to the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
Jan Hejda broke a 3-3 tie with 7.6 seconds left in the third period to give the Avalanche their first win of the season against the Canucks, who had their four-game winning streak snapped in the second game of a five-game road trip.
Gabriel Landeskog opened the scoring 1:50 into the first period and Colorado held a 1-0 lead through 20 minutes. Maxim Lapierre and Jannik Hansen scored goals 2:14 apart early in the second and Vancouver held a 2-1 advantage until early in the third. The Avalanche, despite not playing for a playoff spot this season, took it to the Canucks in the third scoring three goals, including Hejda's dagger with next to no time left on the clock.
Jason Garrison had the other Canucks goal, a bomb from the point, but a combination of uncharacteristic turnovers and costly mistakes led to the loss.
Cory Schneider, who returned between the pipes after missing one game because of the flu, made 22 saves in the loss.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Pre-bagged popcorn is not popcorn. Not even close. My mouth, twas insulted.
Tweet of the Night - "@canucksgame he's a Canadian boy, if he couldn't do that we'd disown him" - @YellowCanuck. The challenge presented to the Avalanche players in a video show on the jumbotron: name the 10 Canadian provinces and three territories. Big ups to Matt Duchene who killed it and named them all in 13.24 seconds. No need to disown him, he's a keeper.
This and that - Three of Jason Garrison's six goals this season have been scored against the Avalanche; Dan Hamhuis assisted on Garrison's goal, giving him points in five consecutive games; it was far from a sellout at the Pepsi Center Saturday, surprising considering StubHub had tickets online for just $4.
The streak is over - Coming into this game, Vancouver had earned points in 20 straight games against Colorado going 18-0-2 dating back to November 1, 2009. The Canucks had also won four straight in Denver and collected points in nine consecutive games with an 8-0-1 record. Not anymore.
On This Day - On April 13, 2006, Trevor Linden dressed in his 1,000th game in a Canucks uniform, becoming the first player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The same day in 1994, Pavel Bure scored his 60th goal of the season to become the first Canucks to reach 60 goals in a single season. (Thanks Jen Rollins!)