DENVER (AP) -- A fluky goal helped keep the Vancouver Canucks comfortably
atop the Northwest Division.
Mike Keane scored with 4:35 left, lifting the Canucks to a 3-2 win over the
Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.
Dan Cloutier had 34 saves for Vancouver, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
David Aebischer had 24 saves for Colorado, which got two first-period goals
from Steve Konowalchuk.
Trailing 2-1, the Canucks won it with two goals in the third.
Todd Bertuzzi tied it with a power-play goal at 8:48. Bertuzzi scored from
just inside the left circle after taking a pass from Brendan Morrison.
Keane got the clincher on a three-on-one break. His centering pass from the
right side deflected off Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles' skate.
"It was a fluky goal, but we'll take it," Keane said. "It went off
someone. I just wanted to try to get it in front of the net and hopefully
someone would whack at it. The old saying goes: Good things happen when you get
it toward the net."
Liles said the puck "took a couple of funny bounces, right off my skate. It
was one of those fluky things. There was nothing Aebischer could do."
Colorado pulled Aebischer with 1:56 remaining, but he had to return moments
later when Peter Forsberg punched Cloutier and went off for roughing.
"Any time you get down 2-0 and you come back in this building against this
team, a lot of good things have to happen," Canucks coach Marc Crawford said.
"Danny was really good. That covers up a lot of miscues."
Vancouver was 1-for-5 on the power play and Colorado was 0-for-7.
"They got a power play goal tonight, and we had our chances on the power
play and we didn't execute," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Generally in
the regular season, the team that wins the specialty battle is going to win the
Granato also said Cloutier "made big saves."
Colorado jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on Konowalchuk's
goals, but Vancouver's Matt Cooke made it 2-1 late in the period.
Just 17 seconds in, Konowalchuk, stationed in front of the crease,
redirected Derek Morris' shot from the right point for his ninth goal.
Konowalchuk then redirected Liles' shot from just inside the blue line at
"It's nice when a couple bounce your way," Konowalchuk said.
At 17:29, Cooke corralled a loose puck near center ice and scored a
short-handed goal on a breakaway.
Aebischer made a sprawling save off Bertuzzi early in the period.
A scoreless second period included Cloutier's save off Konowalchuk on a