This time we're in

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs after their 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche last night in Denver.

Sami Salo scored on a power play 2:14 into the third period to break the deadlock. Matt Cooke and Daniel Sedin notched empty-netters in the final minute. Henrik Sedin assisted the game's first and third goals to bump his regulation time total to 63, breaking Andre Boudrias' 1974-1975 club record.

Goaltender Roberto Luongo had his fifth shutout in 70 starts. Canucks' captain Markus Naslund was held scoreless for the ninth consecutive game.

The Canucks remained in third place in the Western conference after the Calgary Flames were 1-0 winners over the Minnesota Wild in a shootout.

The Canucks are six points behind conference-leading Nashville Predators and one point behind second-place Anaheim Ducks.

The Canucks visit the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night (7:30 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet). Vancouver ends its home schedule with a trio of games.


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