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.
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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.