Avalanche Vs. Canucks: Colorado Loses To Vancouver, 3-2, In Must-Win Home Game

Colorado has a 0-4-1 record against the Canucks this season, and have been outscored by an 18-5 margin.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Final Score: Vancouver Spoils Colorado's Good Start, Canucks Win 3-2 In OT

In a game hailed as a must win for the Colorado Avalanche (40-31-6, 86 Pts), the Vancouver Canucks (45-21-9, 99 Pts) bested the Avalanche, handing them a 3-2 overtime loss.

Colorado came out strong in the first and second periods as they jumped to a 2-0 leading heading into the final minutes of Period 2, but the Canucks offense finally hit a rhythm and they evened the score at 2-2 heading into the third. After allowing the two early goals early in the game, Canucks G Roberto Luongo locked down the visitor's net and defended a total of 28 shots on goal for a .950 save percentage.

The Avalanche offense furiously tried to retake the lead in the third period, firing 12 shots to the Canucks' 9, but time expired with the score at 2-2. Overtime began and ended with just one shot on goal, a 33-foot snap from LW Chris Higgins that sealed the game just 1:40 into overtime.

With the 3-2 loss, the Avalanche's postseason picture becomes ever more murky as they enter their final five games with only 86 points to their credit.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct. And be sure to drop by SB Nation's NHL news hub for all the latest news and commentary from around the league.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Score Update: Last Minute Vancouver Surge Ties Game, 2-2

The Colorado Avalanche entered the waning minutes of the second period with 2-0 lead and had realistic hopes of easing into a comfortable win, but the Vancouver Canucks had other plans and quickly knotted the game at 2-2.

After killing a power play to start the second period, the Avalanche held strong until an interference penalty on RW Steve Downie opened another opportunity. Colorado took advantage as LW Jamie McGinn fired a 22-foot wrister for a power play goal and a 2-0 Avalanche lead. But when a RW David Jones penalty gave the Canucks a power play with just under 5:00 remaining in the period, a LW Mason Raymond wristshot halved the Colorado advantage, 2-1.

Just moments later, right after the Avalanche had fired four consecutive shots on the Vancouver goal, the Canucks returend fire with a LW Chris Higgins 21-foot goal and a tied, 2-2 game.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks Score Update: Colorado Leads Vancouver 1-0 After First

The Colorado Avalanche head into the second period leading the Vancouver Canucks 1-0.

Through the first period, the Avs have dominated the puck, leading the Canucks with 17 shots on goal to the Canucks' 8. LW Gabriel Landeskog started the Avalanche off right as he shot a six-foot wrister past G Roberto Luongo for a power play goal and a 1-0 Colorado lead.

The Colorado offense remained relentless through the first half, though. Landeskog (4 shots on goal), RW David Jones (3) and four other Avs fired multiple goals past at the embattled Luongo. Colorado, who is playing with a gaggle of injuries, heads into the second period looking to pull away from the Northwest Division-leading Canucks.

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Avalanche Vs. Canucks: Colorado Faces Must Win At Home Against Vancouver

The Colorado Avalanche had a great opportunity on Thursday night to solidify their position in the Western Conference playoffs against the Phoenix Coyotes. Instead, the Coyotes held off a late rally and jumped all the way to third place atop the Pacific Division standings. The Avalanche fell to ninth place and out of the playoff picture with the loss.

Now, with only six games remaining in the regular season, every single game is a must-win for Colorado. For Colorado to punch their own ticket to the postseason without requiring help from other teams, they likely need to finish the season with at least a 5-1 record -- a minimum of 10 points.

They are facing a Canucks team that has been dominant against Colorado for several seasons. Vancouver has outscored Colorado by a 15-3 goal margin this season, going 0-3-1 in those four games. But the canucks have not been a dominant team of late, with a 4-5-1 record in March. They recently lost top forward Daniel Sedin to a concussion, and he is likely to miss the rest of the regular season

Colorado desperately needs their top players to show up for this game on Saturday night. Steve Downie has not scored a goal in his past nine games, and Peter Mueller, Milan Hejduk, and Matt Duchene have a grand total of one goal amongst them in the past two weeks. That simply will not get the Avalanche into the postseason.

Semyon Varlamov will start in net for Colorado. The young goaltender has a .938 SV% in his past nine starts.

Puck drops at 8:00pm MDT.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct.

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Avalanche Vs. Coyotes Final Score: Colorado Comeback Falls Short In 3-2 Defeat

The Colorado Avalanche had their eyes on a major comeback, but fell just short in a 3-2 defeat against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night. Colorado got behind early and essentially allowed Phoenix to pull away, but the Avalanche came back in the third period to make things interesting.

Trailing 3-0 after two periods, it seemed like Avalanche probably would be walking away with a defeat on Thursday. But after a somewhat quick goal just a few minutes into the period by Ryan O'Reilly (his 18th of the season) that cut Colorado's deficit to 3-1, the Avalanche began to attack.

Roughly ten minutes after that goal, Past Stastny followed up with his 20th goal of the season to trim Phoenix's lead to just a single goal with a few minutes remaining. The Coyotes finally tightened up the strings at that point, though, avoiding an embarrassing breakdown in front of the home fans.

Showing an aggressiveness that was absent in the first period, the Avalanche got 16 shots on goal during the period. The Avalanche had a clear advantage in shots on goal during the game, 41-25, but none of that mattered when they couldn't find the back of the goal during the first two periods.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Coyotes blog Five For Howling.

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Avalanche Vs. Coyotes Score Update: Phoenix Maintains 3-0 Lead

The Phoenix Coyotes have extended their lead to 3-0 over the Colorado Avalanche following two periods on Thursday night. The Avalanche have gotten the shots on goal of late but simply haven't managed to get the puck into the net, and the Coyotes have been pulling away instead.

After the two sides put up an equal number of shots on goal in the first period, during which Phoenix built up a 2-0 lead, Colorado followed up in the second period by taking a 13-8 advantage on shots on goal. That unfortunately never translated into any goals, so the Avalanche now trail 3-0 with just a single period remaining after the Coyotes added an insurance goal.

It's been an impressive effort by Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith, who's 22-of-22 on save opportunities thus far. Raffi Torres scored the third goal of the night for the Coyotes, his second on the day and his 16th of the season.

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Avalanche Vs. Coyotes Score Update: Phoenix Leads 2-0 After First Period

The Colorado Avalanche aren't off to a great start, trailing 2-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes after one period on Thursday night. Colorado has played well of late, winning five of its past six games, including four wins in overtimes or shootouts and a loss in another shootout.

The two teams are actually knotted up at 9-9 in terms of shots on goal, but Semyon Varlamov has struggled in the goal for Colorado with just seven saves on nine shots. The Coyotes' first goal came just a few minutes into the game when Raffi Torres scored his 15th goal of the season to give Phoenix the lead.

Kyle Chipchura followed up over ten minutes later with another goal to expand Phoenix's lead to two goals. Neither team was able to capitalize on any of its power play opportunities in the period.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Coyotes blog Five For Howling.

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Avalanche Vs. Coyotes: Colorado's Playoff Push Heads To Phoenix

The Colorado Avalanche, fresh off a crucial overtime victory against their division rival Calgary, head to the desert and take on the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

The Coyotes are neck and neck with the Avalanche for a playoff berth, though they still are holding onto Pacific Division title hopes. Currently, Phoenix sits just a point behind the Dallas Stars for the division lead, with Los Angeles and San Jose less than two points behind. With the Pacific Division title (and the home ice advantage that comes with it) likely to go down to the final week of the season, the Coyotes are desperate for two points in the standings. Their 11-0-1 record in February catapulted them into the playoff picture, but they have cooled down significantly with a 3-5-3 record in their past 11 games.

They'll be playing without the services of their captain Shane Doan, who has been suspended for an illegal hit on Dallas forward Jamie Benn. Doan will miss the next three critical games of this playoff race.

Colorado will lean heavily on the shoulders of young goalie Semyon Varlamov, who has taken the starting job with a spectacular second half of the season. His play has been the main catalyst for this recent playoff surge for Colorado (.944 SV% in his past eight starts) and he will be asked to stand tall against the Coyotes. The Avalanche may be without the services of top defenseman Erik Johnson, who missed the last game with a back injury. He travelled with the team, but is questionable to play.

Two big points are on the line. A regulation victory will give one team a significant boost in their postseason chances.

Puck drops at 8:00 p.m. MDT.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Coyotes blog Five For Howling.

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Flames Vs. Avalanche Final Score: Colorado Wins 2-1 In OT

The Colorado Avalanche are one of five teams fighting for the final two playoff spots in the Western Conference, and tonight the Avs earned a pivotal 2-1 overtime win over the one of the other teams also fighting for those playoff spots, the Calgary Flames. The Avs and Flames ended regulation tied 1-1 before David Jones scored with a minute remaining in overtime to give Colorado the victory. The victory gives the Avs 85 points and improves the team to 40-30-5 overall. Calgary (82 points) falls to 34-26-14.

Jones' 18th goal of the season was set-up by teammates Paul Stastny and Matt Hunwick. Stastny had the only other Colorado goal of the night when he beat Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

Both goalies were great, but it's the Avs' Semyon Varlamov who exits with the upper hand. The Avs out-shot the Flames 33-32 on the night. Calgary won the hit battle 25-24, while Colorado held an edge in faceoffs 26-24.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Flames blog Matchsticks and Gasoline.

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Flames Vs. Avalanche Score Update: Avs Heads Into 3rd Period Tied 1-1

Point will be at a premium for the Colorado Avalanche every game until the end of the season, and that's particularly the case when facing a team like the Calgary Flames, one of four other teams vying for the final two playoff spots int he Western Conference with the Avalanche. Heading into the third period, the Avalanche and Flames are tied 1-1. There were no goals in the second period.

The game has been relatively even across the board. Colorado has out-shot Calgary 22-20, while the Flames hold an edge in hits (18-15) and faceoff wins (17-13).

There was just one penalty in the second, the first of the game. Colorado's Mark Olver was whistled for slashing on Calgary's Curtis Glencross, earning a two minute penalty. The Avalanche would kill off the power play attack of the Flames.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Flames blog Matchsticks and Gasoline.

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Flames Vs. Avalanche Score Update: Colorado-Calgary Tied 1-1 After 1st Period

Points will be a premium from here on out for the Colorado Avalanche, and tonight the team is playing a squad hoping to upend them from the Western Conference playoff picture, the Calgary Flames. After one period at the Pepsi Center, the Avalanche and Flames are tied 1-1.

Matt Stajan scored his eighth goal of the season for the Flames to get the scoring started. Paul Stastny evened things for Colorado when he scored his 19th goal of the season off assists from Shane O'Brien and David Jones.

The Avalanche have won four of their last five games and are currently in fighting for one of the final two spots in the Western Conference playoffs. There are five teams vying for two spots, and at the moment, Colorado, with 83 points, has the 8th spot locked down, holding a one-point advantage over the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, and a two-point lead over the Flames.

For more coverage, visit our Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and our Flames blog Matchsticks and Gasoline.

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Avalanche Vs. Flames: Playoff Hopefuls Face Off In Denver

The Avalanche close out their season series against the Calgary Flames.

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