Vancouver at Colorado

Shootout victory extends Avalanche's dominance over Canucks wire reports

DENVER -- Milan Hejduk loves to play against the Vancouver Canucks. The rest of his Colorado Avalanche teammates are enjoying it, too.

Hejduk added to his reputation as a Canucks killer with a goal and two assists, and he scored the decisive goal in the shootout to help the Avalanche beat Vancouver for the eighth consecutive time, 5-4 on Sunday.

In 57 career games against the Canucks, Hejduk has 34 goals, his highest goal total against any NHL team.

"There is not really a good explanation for it; I don't have one," Hejduk said. "I know the stats are good for me against this team, but we do play them a lot, being in the same division, so obviously I would score more goals against them than the others."

Wojtek Wolski, Marek Svatos and Hejduk scored for Colorado in the shootout, and Peter Budaj made 34 saves. Colorado is 5-1 in shootouts this season.

"Our shootout guys have been very good," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said. "Those guys are all talented."

Colorado defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist forced overtime, scoring his second goal of the season with 2:48 left in regulation.

"He got a quick shot off," Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider said. "I'm sure it glanced off of somebody to just change it enough that instead of hitting me in the stomach it went under the armpit."

David Jones and Ryan Smyth also scored in regulation for Colorado, and Paul Stastny had three assists.

Steve Bernier had two goals for Vancouver, Daniel Sedin and Darcy Hordichuk also scored, and Kyle Wellwood connected in the shootout. The Canucks' last victory against the Avalanche was a 2-1 overtime victory Nov. 9, 2007.

"In my mind we should have won this game," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "I think we played well enough to win this game, but when you put two pucks in your own net by your own sticks it's a little more challenging."

Bernier gave the Canucks a 4-3 lead with 10:03 left in the third on a one-timer from the right circle. Earlier in the period, Hejduk tied it when he picked up a loose puck in the slot and flipped it past Schneider for his 11th goal of the season.

Hordichuk gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead only 2:17 into the game, and it held up until the second period when Jones tied with a great individual effort.

Jones skated out of the Colorado end and chipped the puck along the right boards into the Canucks' end. He skated by defenseman Shane O'Brien and, with the defenseman trying to check him off the play, Jones leaned over and slipped the puck past Schneider for his fourth goal of the season.

Smyth gave Colorado the lead with his ninth goal. Smyth took a pass from Hejduk as he skated into the Vancouver end and put a hard wrister under Schneider's right pad to give Colorado a 2-1 lead with 8:35 left in the second period.

Sedin and Bernier scored goals 2:04 apart late in the second period. Sedin knocked in his own rebound for his team-leading 12th goal of the season with 4:11 in the period, and Bernier scored a power-play goal to make it 3-2.


  • Before the game, the Avalanche had a ceremony remembering the attack on Pearl Harbor 67 years ago.
  • Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo left the game in the first period because of a groin injury.
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Marek Svatos beats Cory Schneider as part of a perfect shootout performance for host Colorado.  (AP)
Marek Svatos beats Cory Schneider as part of a perfect shootout performance for host Colorado. (AP)
Vancouver (15-10-3)12100 (1)4
Colorado  (13-13-1) «02201 (3)5
Three Stars
S. Bernier

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Hejduk

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
R. Smyth

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:17Darcy Hordichuk (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Jaffray, Hansen
05:14David Jones (4), Slap Shot, Unassisted.
11:25Ryan Smyth (8), Slap Shot. Assist: Hejduk, Stastny
15:49Daniel Sedin (12), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kesler, Mitchell
17:45Power Play - Steve Bernier (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Raymond, Demitra
02:50Milan Hejduk (11), Slap Shot. Assist: Leopold, Stastny
09:57Steve Bernier (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Burrows, Bieksa
17:10Daniel Tjarnqvist (2), Snap Shot. Assist: Hejduk, Stastny
 Wojtek Wolski (5), GOAL
 Kyle Wellwood (2), GOAL
 Marek Svatos (3), GOAL
 Milan Hejduk (3), GOAL
Penalty Summary
09:21Hansen, 2 min, Tripping
02:37Liles, 2 min, Roughing
07:15Laperriere, 2 min, Boarding
12:47Bernier, 2 min, Roughing
12:47McLeod, 2 min, Boarding
12:47Stewart, 2 min, Roughing
12:47Kesler, 2 min, Roughing
14:52McCormick, 5 min, Fighting
14:52Hordichuk, 5 min, Fighting
16:43Smyth, 2 min, Holding
03:43Demitra, 2 min, Hooking
Shots On Goal
Cory Schneider 64:4731433
Peter Budaj 64:5834421
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
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Linesmen - Andy McElman, Thor Nelson
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