Canucks 6, Avalanche 4

Jannik Hansen put his body into his winning goal and was
thankful for a couple of fortunate bounces.

After all, the puck rattled around and glanced off him and the
goalie before finally going into the net for the decisive score in
the Vancouver Canucks’ 6-4 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on
Tuesday night.

Mikael Samuelsson added his first NHL hat trick for the Canucks,
who rallied from a three-goal deficit for their fourth victory in
five games.

There was 2:08 left when Hansen snapped the tie with an unusual
goal that was confirmed by video replay. Aaron Rome took a shot
from the point that bounced off the end boards. Hansen rushed into
the crease between the net and goalie Craig Anderson, and the puck
caromed in off his lower body.

“It was lucky. Lucky,” Hansen said. “I’m coming from the
corner and it touched me in the chest and got stuck in my jersey. I
skated by the goalie, it dropped off, hit him in the back and with
a few bounces went into the net.”

Anderson said he was hoping officials would have waved off the
goal for goalie interference.

“The puck hit him in the stomach and it came down and somehow
bounced in,” Anderson said. “He took me out of the play to get to
the puck. It’s a judgment call on the referee’s part.”

Hansen said he never worried that the goal would be
nullified.

“I was sure it would (stand up) because I didn’t use my
hands,” Hansen said. “It was a good goal.”

Daniel Sedin added an empty-net goal with 8.8 seconds left to
seal the Canucks’ fourth straight win over Colorado. The Avalanche
were denied in their bid to move into a tie with Northwest
Division-leading Vancouver.

“Frustrating. The most frustrating loss we’ve had in a long
time,” Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “Too many
turnovers. We’d make a mistake and the puck was behind us and in
the net. We stopped taking the play to them and they took it
us.”

Down 3-0 and 4-1, Vancouver pulled within 4-3 when Samuelsson
scored his third goal of the night at 18:18 of the second period.
Samuelsson picked up a loose puck in the crease and tapped it past
Anderson.

The Canucks tied it with 11:56 remaining when Alex Burrows,
positioned in front of Anderson, deflected in Christian Erhoff’s
shot.

“We wished we didn’t have to come back in any game. It takes
too much energy out of you,” Samuelsson said. “But this shows we
can play for 60 minutes.”

Colorado scored three goals in the first period, netting the
first two in a 28-second span.

Peter Mueller, skating behind the net, got the puck out to Matt
Duchene. He punched it in with a shot from just outside the right
post at 6:17 of the first period.

T.J. Galiardi set up the second goal, passing the puck ahead to
Chris Stewart, who gathered speed while skating down the right side
and ripped a slap shot from a tough angle near the lower edge of
the circle. The puck beat goalie Roberto Luongo’s glove and got
inside the right post.

The Avalanche made it 3-0 on Duchene’s second goal of the night
and 23rd of the season at 13:26 of the first.

Paul Statsny, matching a career high with his 50th assist, fed
Duchene in the slot. Duchene wristed the puck into the net on the
power play. He benefited when the puck glanced off the skate
Vancouver defenseman Alexander Edler, causing a change of direction
that Luongo could not adjust to in time.

Vancouver scored it first goal when Samuelsson netted his first
at 6:40 of the second period, but the Avalanche came right back on
an unassisted score by Mueller 36 seconds later.

Samuelsson made it 4-2 at 11:45 of the second, knocking a
rebound past Anderson.

NOTES: Duchene leads NHL rookies with 10 power-play goals. …
Mueller has at least one point in each of his four games for
Colorado since being acquired a week ago in a trade with Phoenix.
… Samuelsson boosted his point total to a career-high 46. His 27
goals this season rank second on the Canucks to Burrows’ 30.