Canucks 3, Avalanche 0

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 24, 2011
Cory Schneider stopped 24 shots for his second career shutout, Manny Malhotra and Alexandre Burrows had early goals, and the Vancouver Canucks extended a run of dominance against Colorado with a 3-0 win on Wednesday night. Ryan Kesler added an empty-net goal at 19:30 of the third to round out the scoring. The victory was Vancouver's 10th in the past 12 meetings with Colorado, which fell to 1-2 in an eight-game run at the Pepsi Center that stands out as the longest continuous homestand in franchise history. Colorado came in as the third-most prolific shooting team in the league, averaging 33.5 shots per game. But the Avalanche were outshot as they struggled to find openings in Vancouver's defense as well as break through against Schneider. Schneider, the backup to Roberto Luongo, preserved the shutout with consecutive saves near the end of a third-period power play. He stuffed a shot on the left side of the net by Ryan O'Reilly and then wheeled to his right to block O'Reilly's attempt to shove in the rebound. The loss also extended the Avalanche's difficulties at home, where they have won only three times in 11 games. Leading 1-0, the Canucks added to their advantage when Burrows knocked in his sixth goal of the season midway through the second period. With defensemen Shane O'Brien sliding across the crease and goalie Semyon Varlamov dropping to his knees in an attempt to block the shot, Burrows went high, lifting the puck over them both and into the upper corner of the net. Malhotra scored the game's first goal at 17:03 of the opening period. Cody Hodgson shot him a centering pass from the corner and Malhotra wristed the puck past Varlamov from up close for his first goal of the season. Notes: Avalanche rookie Gabriel Landeskog celebrated his 19th birthday on Wednesday ... The Avs' Chuck Kobasew remains one goal shy of 100 for his career. ... Schneider registered his first shutout against Anaheim last March 6. ... The game marked the first of six meetings this season between the Northwest Division teams.
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