Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Mar 17, 2011 1:43 AM by Lee Douglas

Canucks clinch playoff spot while handing Avs 9th straight loss

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Alex Burrows tied it midway through the third period, Henrik Sedin put Vancouver ahead 2:18 later and the Canucks came from behind to clinch a playoff spot with a 4-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.

Henrik added a second goal into an empty net with 1:14 left as the NHL-leading Canucks won their seventh straight game to become the first team to secure a playoff berth.

Maxim Lapierre also scored and rookie Cory Schneider made 27 saves to help Vancouver wrap up the Northwest Division and with it a top-three playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

Daniel Sedin added two assists to extend his lead in the NHL coring race with 92 points.

Erik Johnson and Matt Duchene scored goals 1:27 apart in the first period as Colorado lost its ninth straight game (0-8-1), and now has just one win in the last 20 (1-17-2).

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

 

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