VANCOUVER, B.C. – Mike Santorelli scored two goals and added an assist in the Vancouver Canucks’ 3-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
“He was our best player, by far, tonight in all areas,” Vancouver coach John Tortorella said.
The Canucks (17-10-5) have won four games in a row.
Ryan Kesler also scored for Vancouver, which was outshot 29-21.
- Students seeking sugar daddies for tuition, rent
- So the NRA sends a questionnaire to a Seattle state senator ...
- What's the top spelling 'mistake' in Washington state? The answer could make you sick
- 6 ways to befriend your bones and fend off osteoporosis
- Refusal in Bernie Sandersland to accept reality is really unreal
Most Read Stories
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo seemingly was on his way to his 65th NHL shutout, but Jamie McGinn scored for the Avalanche (20-8-0) with 7.1 seconds to play. Luongo has a 14-8-5 record this season.
Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere lost for the first time in eight decisions this season.
“I honestly felt we played a better game than them and, unfortunately, we have nothing to show for the result,” said Avs coach Patrick Roy, a Hall of Fame goalie. “But, I mean, Luongo was good. Both goalies were good, actually.”
Vancouver, shut out on three power plays, failed to net a man-advantage goal for the first time in eight games.
The Avalanche outshot the Canucks 12-6 in the first period, but was behind 1-0 after 20 minutes. Santorelli opened the scoring at 5:34 on his team’s first shot.
“I thought our first period was awful, but they gathered themselves and they got the job done tonight,” Tortorella said.
Kesler scored at 1:32 of the third period and Santorelli scored at 7:17. Santorelli, who has eight goals, was cast adrift by three teams before the Canucks signed him in the offseason.