The Colorado Avalanche dominated the game for the opening two periods Tuesday but the Vancouver Canucks held on after being outshot and outplayed to break out for four goals in the third period on the way to a 6-0 victory.
Daniel Sedin opened the scoring for the Canucks en route to his fifth career hat trick in the victory, finishing off a trio of perfect passing plays against the Avalanche.
Along with Sedin, Jannik Hansen had another big game from Vancouver’s third line, tallying two goals against Semyon Varlamov.
Varlamov got the hook late in the third period thanks to Hansen and the terrible twins after Alex Edler’s power play goal spelt the end of the night for the visiting net minder.
Neither starting goaltender finished Tuesday’s game after Roberto Luongo was struck in the neck by a second period shot off the stick of Gabriel Landeskog that gave the goaltender breathing trouble for a short period of time.
Despite their success on the score sheet, it was a long night for the Canucks who lost both Luongo and forward David Booth to injury. Booth was brutally struck in a knee-on-knee collision instigated by Colorado’s Kevin Porter, who could be in for a call from Brendan Shanahan following the incident.
While there didn’t seem to be any malice on Porter’s behalf the terrible attempt to catch Booth with a body check could cost Vancouver’s recent acquisition a considerable amount of time.
Hurry Back Booth
It was tough to watch Booth limp off the ice after witnessing the strides he had made in his short time with the Canucks.
Bieska’s hockey smile comes just in time for Vancouver’s five game Eastern Conference road trip that is sure to have Don Cherry drooling over this beauties’ beautiful mug as the Canucks take on Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto while on the road.
Semyon Varlamov had a rough and rapid return back down to Earth after allowing two goals or less in his last six starts heading into Tuesday’s contest.
As the Sedins continue to lead the offensive charge with other sources of secondary scoring not far behind, the loss of David Booth is by far the biggest news to come out of the Canucks’ commanding victory.
Vancouver 6, Colorado 0
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Where: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia
Referees: Chris Lee, Brad Meier
Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Brad Lazarowich