Game Within a Game

 

 
 
 
 
Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre.
 

Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre.

Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, THE CANADIAN PRESS

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THREE STARS

ONE – Roberto Luongo, Canucks. Bobby Lou back in top form. Finished with 24 saves and 61st career shutout.

TWO – Max Lapierre, Canucks. One goal, plus-1, two hits, three takeaways, 6-for-10 on the draw.

THREE – Jason Garrison, Canucks. One goal, plus-2 and looking far more comfortable.

PIVOTAL POINT: With the Canucks up 2-0 but down two men late in the second period – both Keith Ballard and Chris Tanev were in the box – their much maligned penalty killers held the Avalanche to just one shot during a span of 1:25. The Canucks took it home from there.

BY THE NUMBERS:

The Canucks' record when leading after two periods improved to 2-0-2... The Avs' road record sunk 0-4-0. They've been outscored 15-3 in their four road losses... The Canucks power play broke an 0-for-15 drought when Zack Kassian steered home a perfect Dan Hamhuis feed on Vancouver's fourthvchance of the night... Canucks out-hit the Avs 23-22.

SAVE OF THE GAME: Early in the third period, with the Canucks on a power play and still clinging to a 2-0 lead, Avalanche centre Matt Duchene got behind the Vancouver defence pairing of Dan Hamhuis and Alex Edler, raced in alone on Luongo but Bobby Lou gave him nothing. Five minutes later, Kassian put the game away.

DID YOU NOTICE? When Canuck defenceman Keith Ballard delivered a text-book hip check to Avalanche winger Cody McLeod in the first period, McLeod came up seeking any Canuck scalp and finally settled on Dale Weise, who was nowhere near the play. Weise obliged McLeod nonetheless and the two fought.

IN THE CIRCLE: Canucks were 6-for-17 in the first period but rebounded in the second, going 17-for-27. Manny Malhotra and Max Lapierre were a combined 13-for-17 on the draw in the middle period. The Canucks wound up with a 31-27 edge, led by Malhotra's 10-for-13 night.

IN THE PRESS BOX: One-time Canuck defenceman Shane O'Brien was a healthy scratch for the Avalanche for the fifth time in six games. Also scratched for Colorado was blueliner Matt Hunwick. New captain Gabriel Landeskog (head, knee) and abrasive winger Steve Downie (knee surgery, out for the season) were unhealthy scratches... Andrew Ebbett, Andrew Alberts and Cam Barker sat out for Vancouver .

 
 
 
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Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre.
 

Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne, left, checks Vancouver Canucks' Maxim Lapierre.

Photograph by: Darryl Dyck, THE CANADIAN PRESS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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