Canucks' Schneider shuts out Avs

Vancouver Canucks Cory Schneider saves a shot from Colorado Avalanche Kyle Quincey during the third...

Vancouver Canucks Cory Schneider saves a shot from Colorado Avalanche Kyle Quincey during the third period of their NHL hockey game in Denver, Colorado November 23, 2011. (REUTERS/Mark Leffingwell)

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DENVER - Cory Schneider made 24 saves to record his first shutout of the season -- and second of his career -- as the Vancouver Canucks blanked the Colorado Avalanche, 3-0, at Pepsi Center.

Vancouver got a goal in each period from Manny Malhotra, Alexandre Burrows and Ryan Kesler.

The win was the 247th for Alain Vigneault as the Canucks' head coach, a new franchise record.

"This is one of our best efforts all year," Schneider said. "Our D blocked a lot of shots in front of the net and our [penalty kill] tonight was great." Colorado had three power play opportunities in the third period.

Semyon Varlamov, making his first appearance since yielding six goals at Pittsburgh on November 15, stopped 26 shots for the Avalanche.

Colorado fell to 1-2-0 on its eight-game homestand and remains winless (0-6-0) against Northwest Division opponents this season.

"We've got to be more desperate. We've got to show more drive," said Avalanche forward Paul Stastny.

Malhotra scored the game's first goal with 2:57 remaining in the first period. Cody Hodgson slipped him a centering pass and Malhotra fired the puck behind Varlamov for his first goal of the season.

Vancouver added to its lead at the 7:33 mark of the second period. When Colorado defenseman Shane O'Brien slid into the crease in an attempt to block the passing lane on an odd-man rush, Burrows lifted the puck high over him and Varlamov.

Kesler celebrated his 500th career game by hitting an empty-net inside the final minute of regulation.

Game Notes

The Canucks are 10-0-2 in 12 matchups in this series since falling 3-0 in Denver on October 3, 2009. They have outscored the Avalanche 48-25 during that span...Vigneault passed Marc Crawford on the club's all-time list...The Avalanche fell to 2-8-1 in November...Jean-Sebastien Giguere had started each of the last three games for Colorado...Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday.

 


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