Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/25/12
Boston_bruins_v_eab1
Escaping an Avalanche 101

The Colorado Avalanche controlled the majority of play Saturday at the Pepsi Center, but again couldn’t close out the Canucks, allowing Chris Higgins to play hero with a pair of late goals in a 3-2 overtime victory.

Gabriel Landeskog gave the Avs the early lead and Jamie McGinn extended it with his 8th goal in 13 games for Colorado, extending an impressive point streak in his new uniform.

The Hat Trick

Mighty Mason

Mason Raymond had another strong game alongside Henrik Sedin on Vancouver’s top line, burying his 10th goal of the season past Semyon Varlamov to get the Canucks on the board Saturday. Raymond has added an extra dimension to what was once the Sedin line, allowing Henrik more space as defenders flow towards the wheeling winger.

Raymond appears to have re-discovered his game since the trade deadline after many fans began to focus on what Mike Gillis couldhave acquired for the second line speedster.

It seems the Canucks have found what they were looking for in Raymond all along.

Higgins and Tanev celebrate in OT. (Photo - David Zalubowski/Associated Press

Luongo Looms Large

Roberto Luongo allowed an early goal Saturday against the Avalanche but bounced back in the latter half of the hockey game, holding the Canucks in it as they struggled to stay ahead of the charging Avs.

Luongo stopped all 27 shots faced at even strength Saturday, allowing a pair of power play goals on 13 shots faced while playing a down a man.

Not to be outdueled, Semyon Varlamov did his best to help his team with a fantastic second-assist on the power play, flipping the puck up ice to Paul Stastny who pushed it over to Jamie McGinn to finish a pretty passing play.

Despite the well-earned assist, the visiting goaltender stole first star with the 38 save performance.

Higgins Plays Hero

Chris Higgins and Vancouver’s second line had kept quiet for the opening half of the game Saturday, but eventually broke through with a pair of goals to push the Canucks past the Avs for another two points at the Pepsi Center.

Higgins worked the high cycle late in the second period, ripping a shot past Varlamov after Samuel Pahlsson put a perfect touch pass in front of his linemate streaking in on net.

Higgins got open again in overtime, finding space for Jannik Hansen to feed him the puck after the young Dane forced a turnover on a one-man forecheck.

Once free in the high slot, Higgins ripped the puck right through the wickets of Varlamov, ending extra time in another ruthless comeback for the Canucks.

V’s Thoughts

Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks stole another two points Saturday at the Pepsi Center in a game that was reminiscent of Kevin Bieksa’s comeback-preserving effort a few weeks ago.

The Canucks had no business winning Saturday’s game but kept up a consistent effort and eventually broke the Avs down, stealing another pair of points in Colorado.

Quote

“For some reason, whenever I get 40 shots I feel like I’m at my best. I keep telling the guys to give up shots from the outside and we’ll be fine.” Roberto Luongo was loose after an impressive performance in Colorado Saturday.

Three Stars

1st. Chris Higgins - GOALS: 2| PTS: 2| ASST: 0 SOG: 2| PLUS/MINUS: 2
2nd. Jamie McGinn - GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 4| PLUS/MINUS: 0
3rd. Gabriel Landeskog - GOALS: 1| PTS: 1| ASST: 0 SOG: 5| PLUS/MINUS: -1

Recaps

BOXSCORE | Q’s POST GAME RECAP

http://stats.nwsportsbeat.com/hockey/nhl-boxscores.aspx?page=/data/nhl/results/2011-2012/boxscore42150.html

CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE CANUCKS BLOG IN THE CLUBHOUSE TODAY!

© Kevin Vanstone for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | No comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: Alex Burrows, Chris Higgins, Dan Hamhuis, Daniel Sedin, Gabriel Landeskog, Henrik Sedin, Jamie McGinn, Kevin Bieksa, Mason Raymond, NHL Highlights, NHL recap, Paul Stastny, Roberto Luongo, Ryan Kesler, samuel pahlsson, Vancouver Canucks Blog, Vancouver Canucks vs. Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver vs. Colorado

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Miguel Cabrera headed to disabled list for 1st time in career

Report: San Antonio Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge

WATCH: Serena Williams wags finger at Wimbledon crowd, says, 'Don’t try me'

Report: Rajon Rondo headed to Sacramento Kings

Dez Bryant deal with Cowboys could be announced Monday

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brandon Saad, Ryan O’Reilly sign long-term contracts with Columbus, Buffalo

Mavs solidify future, sign Wesley Matthews, DeAndre Jordan

A-Rod, Yankees settle dispute over home run milestone bonus

Report: Robin Lopez, Knicks finalizing four-year deal

Becky Hammon will coach Spurs' Summer League team

Jimmy Butler on Derrick Rose: ‘I don’t think we have any issues’

NBA Rumors: Cavs and Spurs vying for David West

Damian Lillard is the Blazers’ new franchise player

Bryce Harper flaunts patriotic bat, hits home run

Report: Magic will sign Tobias Harris to 4-year deal

The top American sports moments since the last Fourth of July

Nine former college football rivalries that need to come back

The most patriotic uniforms in American sports

Jeanie Buss: Brother Jim will step down if Lakers don't make deep run within two seasons

DeAndre Jordan to Dallas: The Los Angeles Clippers are literally mad men

Remember when the Cincinnati Bearcats were the scariest team in America?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Five reasons the Browns should play Johnny Manziel

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Russell Wilson 'would definitely consider' playing for Mariners

Solo, Rapinoe among USWNT stars up for World Cup awards

LBS on Sports Jeopardy! Here's how how it went

College football's 35 most patriotic helmets

A brief history of non-star All-Stars

With Love retained, the Cavs can take care of LeBron

Grading the deal: Davis commits to Pelicans

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.