Earning their berth

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks will try again to beat the Colorado Avalanche and secure a playoff berth tonight (6 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet).

The surging Avalanche came back from two-goal deficits to edge the Canucks 5-4 on Sunday. "Burnaby Joe" Sakic scored twice. So did "Comox Brett" McLean, who also had the shootout tiebreaker.

The Avalanche have won eight of their last 10 games and are five points behind the Calgary Flames, who hold the last playoff spot in the Western conference. The Canucks returned to third place in the conference with the charity point from Sunday's game. Minnesota Wild also have 97 points, but the Canucks have played one fewer game.

Henrik Sedin had assists on both of Taylor Pyatt's goals Sunday, upping his season total to 63 in 75 games. He was declared the new Canucks' record holder for helpers, eclipsing Andre Boudrias' 1974-1975 total of 62 in 78 games. Boudrias, however, played a decade before the NHL introduced five-minute sudden-death overtime.

Sedin's total includes two overtime helpers. 


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