Avs lose ground in loss to Canucks

The Associated Press - Published: December 8, 2013 | 11:15 pm 0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Mike Santorelli scored two goals and added an assist in the Vancouver Canucks' 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.

The Canucks (17-10-5) earned their fifth win in six games and moved within a point of the Avalanche (20-8) in the tight Western Conference standings.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost for the first time in eight decisions this season. The Avalanche were beaten for just the third time in nine games.

Ryan Kesler also scored for the Canucks, who were outshot 29-21.

"I honestly felt we played a better game than them and, unfortunately, we have nothing to show for the result," Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. "But, I mean, Luongo was good. Both goalies were good, actually."

Jamie McGinn had the lone goal for Colorado, scored with only 7.1 seconds left. That kept Roberto Luongo from earning his 65th NHL shutout. He is 14-8-5 this season.

Giguere's 7-0 start was a career best as a Colorado franchise record.

"I didn't think we played terribly bad," he said. "But I don't think it was our best effort, either. I don't think it was, overall, a great effort by either team. It was kind of a grind-it-out type of game, and they got the two goals in the third.

"We just couldn't recover from that."

Vancouver, shut out on three power plays, failed to net a man-advantage goal for the first time in eight games. Colorado had one power play.

The Avalanche outshot the Canucks 12-6 in the first period, but Vancouver held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Santorelli opened the scoring 5:34 in on his club's first shot. He deked Giguere after Chris Higgins intercepted Colorado defenseman Nate Guerin's pass behind the net and sent the puck out front.

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