Canucks win fifth straight

Vancouver Canucks' Raffi Torres celebrates a third period goal over the Colorado Avalanche with...

Vancouver Canucks' Raffi Torres celebrates a third period goal over the Colorado Avalanche with teammates. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

The Canucks finally have a road trip they can be proud of.

Two nights after getting their first road win of the season, Vancouver skated away with a 60-minute effort Thursday in Colorado, dropping the Avalanche 3-1 at the Pepsi Center for their fifth consecutive win.

Almost everything went right for the Canucks, who were playing their third game in four nights.

They got strong goaltending from Cory Schneider, who made 33-saves to improve to 3-0 on the season.

They received secondary scoring with goals from three different players.

And they continued to shine on special teams, going three-for-four on the powerplay while killing off both Avalanche man-advantages.

Vancouver set the tone early with a strong first period, outshooting Colorado 18-8. They managed only one goal, however, when Ryan Kesler scored his fifth of the season, blowing a sharp wrister past Peter Budaj.

Henrik Sedin doubled the lead in the second by banking a shot off the back of the Avs goaltender before the puck trickled into the net. Raffi Torres then made it 3-0 for the Canucks with his fifth goal in three games and seventh of the season.

Colorado snapped Schneider's shutout bid late in regulation with David Van Der Gulik's first of the year.

Daniel Sedin finished with two assists to improve to 15 points.

STEWART STOPPED

Not only did the Canucks hand the Avs their third home loss of the season, they also halted Chris Stewart's eight-game points streak.

The 23-year-old had 14 points over that span, which had him in a tie for second overall in NHL scoring with 16 points heading into the game. Stewart finished with just one shot.

UP NEXT

The Canucks heads back to Rogers Arena for a one-game home stand Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings before packing their bags for a six-game Eastern swing.


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