Canucks down Avs in shootout

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks' latest streak is over.

Will they begin a new one tomorrow night?

Canucks registered a 4-3 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche Saturday night, winning for the first time this season in Denver. They won't have to return there unless the teams meet in the playoffs. The win ended a three-game losing skid that began with a 4-0 loss to the last-place St. Louis Blues. Canucks continue their seven-game road trip tomorrow in Glendale, Arizona where they will face the Wayne Gretzky-coached Phoenix Coyotes (6 p.m., CKNW/Sportsnet).

Canucks had a goal in each period, beginning with Mattias Ohlund's shorthanded marker at 17:57 of the first. Jarkko Ruutu had his ninth of the season with 1:30 left in the second, while Ryan Kesler gave Vancouver a 3-1 third-period lead. Marek Svatos and Brad Richardson, however, forced overtime with Avalanche goals.

Canucks' goaltender Alex Auld saved 40 shots through overtime and didn't allow Svatos, Joe Sakic or Alex Tanguay to score in the shootout. Ruutu was the first Canucks' shooter and only one successful in the tiebreaker. Canucks are now 2-3 in the shootout.

It was the first time coach Marc Crawford did not select Todd Bertuzzi to shoot. Bertuzzi remains a target of boo birds in Denver, who won't let him forget his 2004 criminal assault on Steve Moore. Captain Markus Naslund, a mainstay in the one-on-one, did not dress for the game so he could rest his ailing hip.

The road trip wraps up a back-to-back with games Friday in Calgary and Saturday in Edmonton. Vancouver's home schedule resumes Feb. 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.


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