Colorado Avalanche Look Punchless In 3-1 Loss To Vancouver Canucks

The Colorado Avalanche looked lifeless for the most part out there tonight in their 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

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Vancouver Canucks Take Advantage Of Power Play, Defeat Colorado Avalanche, 3-1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Cory Schneider was sharp with 33 saves and the Vancouver Canucks used three power-play goals to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-1, at Pepsi Center.

Schneider, in his 14th career start, was several minutes away from his first shutout for the streaking Canucks, who have won five straight games and extended their lead atop the Northwest Division to three points over Colorado.

Ryan Kesler, Henrik Sedin and Raffi Torres scored in the victory.

Peter Budaj allowed three goals on 36 shots for the Avalanche, who saw their two-game win streak halted and fell to 2-3-1 in their last six overall. Colorado, which had not played since Saturday, will continue its four-game homestand on Saturday against Dallas.

David Van der Gulik scored his first NHL goal in the losing effort.

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Kevin Shattenkirk Set To Make His NHL Debut

Top defensive prospect Kevin Shattenkirk will dress for tonight’s game and will likely make his NHL debut, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater.

Shattenkirk, a first round draft pick in 2007, was called up from Lake Erie last night to give the Avalanche more defensive depth after concussions to defensemen Adam Foote and Kyle Cumiskey had left them shorthanded.

Colorado now has two rookie defensemen playing large roles for the foreseeable future with Jonas Holos and Kevin Shattenkirk both on the major league roster.

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