Game 42. Avs-Canucks. Canucks win streak over, as Avs score late

Posted: April 14, 2013 in Avs vs. Vancouver Canucks

Jan Hejda scored with 8 seconds remaining in the third to give the Avs a 4-3 win Saturday. Their first win against Vancouver since 2009.

Photo from nhl.com

Photo from nhl.com


With no shame I will say I intentionally didn’t watch the game, because of the Masters, but it’s safe to say that JS Giguere will cost the Avs that #1 pick.

The Avs got off to a strong start with Gabe Landeskog being gift wrapped a goal from Kevin Bieksa. Bieksa centered a pass in his own zone, right to Landeskog in the slot, who proceeded to beat Schneider blocker side.

But in the second period it looked like Vancouver was going to take control with goals from Max Lapierre and Jannik Hansen. Neither were particularly good goals, but the Avs wouldn’t go away. Cody McLeod scored early in the third to tie things up. It might be the prettiest goal he’ll score in the NHL, because he at least stick handled a little in front of the net.

Less than a minute and a half later, a Jason Garrison slapper from the point found its way past Giguere to give Vancouver the lead. But the never say die, unless Vegas is involved Avs, came back to tie it again when PA Parenteau tipped/whacked the puck past Schneider with 7 minutes left. And finally, with one last push in regulation, Jan Hejda slapped one home from the near point with traffic in front. Nice to see a defenseman other than Tyson Barrie score a goal this year.

Colorado has officially been eliminated from playoff contention, and will continue their pursuit of the #1 pick (well, at least having a 25% chance at it) on Monday against the Blue Jackets in Denver. The game will start at 7 p.m.

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