That’s Eriksson’s fifth goal. Despite not playing with the Sedins, he is starting to look like the player the Canucks thought they were getting in the offseason.
Vancouver took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Halfway through the second period, the Avalanche got on the board. Mikhail Grigorenko slammed the puck in on a scramble in front of Jacob Markstrom:
Markstrom complained to the referee after the goal. While making the initial save, Matt Duchene appeared to run into his glove hand while he was fishing for the puck. His protests fell on deaf ears, though, and the game was tied.
It remained tied until the third period, when Vancouver struck again.
Bo Horvat came streaking down the left wing and then found Alexandre Burrows with a nifty cross-seam pass. Burrows buried it for his fourth of the season.
With that assist, Horvat extends his team lead in scoring. He now has 15 points on the year.
This Canucks lead did not last nearly as long as the first one. Just 2:36 later, Jarome Iginla threw a shot on goal from the point. The puck hit Brandon Sutter‘s stick, bounced off the ice, then past Markstrom:
Markstrom had a whale of a game. He finished with 33 saves, plus three more in the shootout. He took a tumble behind the net when Nathan MacKinnon lost his edge and careened into Markstrom’s feet. And he took a tripping penalty when he charged out of the net to play the puck, taking out Carl Soderberg in the process.
That would be the only goal the Canucks needed, as the Avs were stopped on all three of their attempts.
There was some bad news from this road win, though.
In the first period, Alexander Edler left the game after blocking a shot. He would not return.
Denver is not kind to Edler. If you recall, his year ended in Colorado last season when he sustained a fractured leg on another shot block. We hope this injury is much less severe.
With Edler already out of the game, Luca Sbisa took an awkward hit at centre ice and had to leave the ice as well. After Troy Stecher took a late first period penalty, the Canucks had only three defensemen available to kill the first 45 seconds.
Fortunately, Sbisa was able to return in the second period and help kill the remaining time on the penalty. The Canucks made it through the game with five defensemen.