Avalanche Vs. Canucks: Vancouver Scores Twice In 3rd For 3-1 Victory

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 04: Roberto Luongo #1 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on as he defends the goal against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on February 4, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Canucks defeated the Avalanche 3-2 in an overtime shoot out. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks scored two goals in the third period to secure a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday night.

The Colorado Avalanche didn't lose any ground in the chase for the eight spot in the Western Conference playoff standings, but they didn't gain any either with Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. With the current occupant Phoenix Coyotes and Calgary Flames off on Wednesday, the Avalanche are still three points away from a playoff spot.

Colorado allowed a David Booth goal just 13 seconds into the game, but that was the only goal allowed by Jean-Sebastien Giguere -- he left the game with a groin injury during the first period. Semyon Varlamov took over in net and kept the Canucks off the board until the third period.

Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson netted his third goal of the season at 10:20 in the second period to tie the game at 1. The Canucks, however, struck back in the third period with goals by Jannik Hansen and Alex Burrows.

Varlamov filled in nicely for the Avalanche just allowing one goal while in net. He made 20 saves on 21 shots. Roberto Luongo was just a bit better and made 29 saves on 30 shots.

For more on these teams, check out Avalanche blog Mile High Hockey and Canucks blog Nucks Misconduct. Stay with SB Nation NHL for the latest on the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline.

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